and East Point Park in Scarborough - Toronto.
Hundreds of volunteers joined me during the past years and we left our shoreline often in pristine condition. Now it is time for me to step back and let other residents organize local cleanups during the coming years.
However, I will continue to pick up trash during my walks through our parks and along the shoreline of Lake Ontario as I have done for so many years. I am very grateful for the support I received received from Susan Debreceni, Vancouver Aquarium, City Councillors Paul Ainslie,
David Soknacki as well as the Honourable MP Pauline Browes.
award from the Vancouver Aquarium.
2004 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Students proudly display their certificates after cleaning up the shoreline.
and recently collected in Grey Abbey Park 2013.
2008 Earth Day in Scarborough
With the help of many volunteers we removed an unbelievable amount of
trash below East Point Park. I believe that many items originate from Highland Creek and carried by water currents along the shoreline. All items had to be moved by hand to the top of the Scarborough Bluffs.
The total weight estimated is over 1500 kg - 3300 pounds.
32 large garbage bags filled with trash
12 tires, some with metal rims
9 shopping carts
3 park signs
2 traffic cones
1 blue box
4 waste baskets from East Point Park
1 children stroller
1 camping chair
1 delivery basket
6 metal pipes
1 fire extinguisher
29 cigarette lighters
7 car parts
232 plastic drinking bottles and cans
many food wrappers, toys, ropes, cups, plates forks and knives,
shoes, under wear, condoms, tampon applicator, light bulbs and
building material, swimming pool tools and many Styrofoam pieces.
My message to the students from our local schools:
Trash doesn't fall from the sky. It falls from our hands, and we have the power to stop it. Working together we can change the behaviours that lead to trash on our beaches and in our oceans.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Grey Abbey clean team - collecting trash again...Thanks again!!
I removed dead cats and dogs discarded and thrown
by previous owners over the Scarborough Bluffs - a terrible task.
yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty,
of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space
and of an overall environment
that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight.
This, in brief, is the quiet conservation crisis.”