Did you know each year we dump eight million metric tons of plastic into the ocean? 🌊 That’s about 17.6 billion pounds!

By 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all of the ocean’s fish.

At @westpawus they have teamed up with @oceanworks and are taking action against plastic pollution in our waterways.

“Sea” their new collection of dog toys and feeding accessories made from 12% ocean-bound plastic & zero-waste Zogoflex. #Seaflexℱ gives ocean-bound plastic a second life as super-safe, eco-awesome pet accessories.

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L’étĂ© est Ă  nos portes, ce qui veut dire que c’est le temps de faire un bon mĂ©nage de nos plages! Joignez-vous Ă  nous le 19 juin lors d’un nettoyage des berges au parc Moussette, Ă  Gatineau!
Nous prenons la santĂ© publique trĂšs au sĂ©rieux et nous avons organisĂ© l’évĂ©nement en suivant les recommandations sanitaires de la Ville de Gatineau. Pour nous assurer de votre sĂ©curitĂ©, nous avons mis au point le systĂšme suivant pour le nettoyage des berges :

– Le nettoyage se fera en deux temps. La premiĂšre plage horaire sera de 10 h Ă  midi et la deuxiĂšme de 13 h Ă  15 h.
– Chaque plage horaire pourra accueillir un maximum de 20 participants.
– La parc a Ă©tĂ© divisĂ© en 6 zones permettant aux participants d’amĂ©liorer l’état de nos berges en gardant leur distance.
– MĂȘme si l’évĂ©nement a lieu Ă  l’extĂ©rieur, nous vous encourageons Ă  porter le masque.

VĂ©rifiez quelle zone vous souhaitez nettoyer Ă  l’aide de la carte ici:

Inscrivez-vous individuellement ou en tant que groupe de la mĂȘme rĂ©sidence ici : https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/inscription-nettoyage-au…
Garde-riviĂšre des Outaouais fournira gants, sacs Ă  ordures et dĂ©sinfectant pour les mains. Toutefois, nous recommandons aux bĂ©nĂ©voles d’apporter leur propre Ă©quipement Ă©galement. Il est trĂšs important de porter les chaussures et les vĂȘtements appropriĂ©s et, si vous le souhaitez, d’apporter une bouteille d’eau rĂ©utilisable et du chasse-moustiques!
Pour vous prĂ©parer Ă  l’évĂ©nement, nous vous encourageons Ă  consulter notre Guide de nettoyage des berges en solo pour davantage de conseils de sĂ©curitĂ©.
Pour toute question, n’hĂ©sitez pas Ă  communiquer avec nous Ă  communications@garderiviere.ca

Summer is right on our doorstep which means it’s time to give our beaches a spring cleaning! Join us June 19th for a shoreline cleanup at Parc Moussette, in Gatineau!
We take public health very seriously and have planned the event according to the City of Gatineau’s public health guidelines. To make sure that you are safe, we have implemented the following system for the shoreline cleanup:

– There will be 2 time slots. The first will be from 10 am to 12 pm and the second from 1 pm to 3 pm.
– Each time slot will have a maximum capacity of 20 participants.
– The park has been divided into 6 zones allowing participants to keep their physical distance as they improve the state of our shorelines.
– Although the event is taking place outside we encourage you to wear masks!

Check which section you are interested in cleaning using the map here:

Sign up as an individual or as a household here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/inscription-nettoyage-au…
Ottawa Riverkeeper will provide hand sanitizer, gloves and bags at the park. However, we encourage volunteers to bring their own equipment with them as well. It is crucial to wear sturdy, appropriate footwear and clothing, and, if you wish, to bring a reusable water bottle and bug spray!
In preparation for the event, we encourage you to take a look at our Guide to Solo Shoreline Cleanups for more details on how to participate safely.
If you have any questions feel free to email us at communications@ottawariverkeeper.ca
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Mermaids from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Israel, Egypt, UK and Australia broadcast live from around the world on June 8th, World Ocean Day. “We have mermaids live in tails interviewing experts at global facilities on WOD. These interviews will be presented to over 25,000 classrooms through our partnership with CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration),” comments Jeff Weiner, CEO of Fins Magazine.

The live video interviews will highlight several animals including: the American Eel at the Toronto Zoo, Sea Turtles at Sea Turtle Inc., Stingrays at Ripley Aquarium in Canada, Coral Reefs at Jenkins’s Aquariums and little penguins from the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

This is a free live event for everyone. “We are here to help. There is a strong global community of mermaids. The magic of mermaids in tails helps broaden audiences, raise awareness of important issues and present a voice for the sea,” continued Mr. Weiner. “We at Fins Magazine are excited to bring this event to the general public and hope to demonstrate that Mermaids can and should be part of conservation and environmental awareness efforts.

HEJYouth’s International Podcast is LIVE!

Our first episode is called…
How Gen-Z Has Rediscovered Plastic Pollution

We have special guest speakers, @michellemuchilwa and @sakwamuchilwa from @bring_back_lake_victoria !

Learn about a wide range of important topics regarding plastic pollution, such as…

The global situation
The Canadian Case
The German Case
What is happening to Lake Victoria in Kenya
What YOU can do to stop plastic pollution!

From #plasticpollution to #youthactivism , get ready for an #incredible experience!

Listen to inspiring leaders, #activists and #youthleaders from all around the world!
The #HEJPodcast is an empowering platform for youth and communities around the world to connect, share their stories, work and voice their opinions!
Listen on #Spotify and #YouTube

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Last week our Executive Director, April, and her #Paddle4Pacific team members spent a day in the sun on Kemp Lake in T’Sou-ke Nation territories. Where has your paddle journey taken you?

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Our new Poke Bowl featuring plant-based smoked Salmon from Save da Sea is launching tomorrow on #WorldOceansDay! To celebrate, we’re donating $0.50 from each bowl to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – an amazing non-profit working tirelessly to preserve our oceans and its inhabitants for generations to come. Give back and enjoy the summer’s newest and freshest bowl by ordering yours tomorrow! Available for take out or dine in where patios are open.

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Did you know the MSC blue fish label can also be found on pet foods?

Purina Canada just relaunched its new Beyond pet food line in Canada and is making a big splash by helping pet parents choose ingredients that are not only healthy for their pet but also traceable and thoughtfully sourced.

In the last year, approx. 3.7 million Canadians added a new cat or dog to their family and nearly half (48%) of pet parents had questions about where their pet’s food was sourced from. By using MSC certified salmon, Alaskan cod, and whitefish in certain Beyond products, @purinacanada is providing our fur friends with options that can be traced back to a wild, certified sustainable fishery that is working hard to keep our ocean healthy (furrrever)!
Check out Purina.ca to learn more about their sustainable sourcing commitments.
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#OceansWeek Contest #2!  From peaceful sunrises to glistening sunsets, we all have our favourite ocean memory. Alongside @nspickmeup we’re inviting you to get creative and share your love for the ocean!  Whether it’s a photograph, colouring page (https://www.nspickmeup.ca/colouring-pages/), painting, or sculpture, tag us in your submissions for a chance to win a @nspickmeup Sustainability prize pack

How to Enter:
Follow @coastalaction, @oceanfriendlynovascotia and @nspickmeup
Like this post
Tag @Coastalaction and @nspickmeup in a photo of your ocean-inspired artwork (submissions can also be emailed to katherine@coastalaction.org).
Contest ends June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced on June 14, 2021.  Ready, Set…Create!  

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Oceans Week Contest Alert!  (Swipe for more). Join us this week in celebrating our #OceanPlayground, #NovaScotia!
Marine and shoreline debris impact species and can destroy sensitive habitat.  This Oceans Day (Tuesday, June 8), let’s cleanup a shoreline near us. Invite your household/bubble along for a litter cleanup at a shoreline near you. Take a photo of your cleanup, the weirdest thing you found, or the litter you collected to be entered to win our #OceansWeek #Shorelinecleanup prize! See below for entry details.
What do you win?
Reclaimed rope basket from @modl_recreation
$50 Gift card to @capelahaveadventures
+ @coastalaction swag!
How to Enter:
Make sure you’re following @CoastalAction, @oceanfriendlynovascotia , @capelahaveadventures, and @nspickmeup
Like this post
Tag @coastalaction and @nspickmeup in a photo of your clean-up with the location (submissions can also be e-mailed to katherine@coastalaction.org).
Contest ends June 13, 2021 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced on June 14, 2021.
More giveaways & activities are to come this week, so stay tuned! Let’s have some fun and help protect our ocean!

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The Commission for Environmental Cooperation #Youth4Innovation Challenge is seeking solutions to help support communities in becoming more resilient & adaptive to climate change & which promote environmental justice.

While working in a Toronto restaurant a few years ago, Monique Chan, the winner of this year’s CEC Youth Innovation Challenge, realized that thousands of dollars were being wasted in her restaurant alone as a result of food waste. Since then, she’s created Bruized, a women-led company centered on combating food loss by diverting waste from the landfill and using it to create healthy snacks everyone can enjoy. We caught up with her to talk about her perspective on food waste as a young entrepreneur and how she finds motivation in the face of big environmental challenges.

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On World Ocean Day (8th June 2021), countries from all four corners of the world – from India to Guyana, South Korea to Austria have pledged to support the ‘30 by 30’ commitment which is being championed by the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, co-chaired by the UK, Costa Rica and France.

This next milestone follows a successful meeting of the G7 Climate and Environment ministers, during which all members agreed to champion the global ‘30×30’ target to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and at least 30 percent of the world’s ocean by 2030, as well as committing to ‘30 x 30’ domestically.

Members of the Global Ocean Alliance and/or the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

The PADI Torchbearer community has the power to influence policymakers and governments around the world.

Throughout 2021, we will continue to rally for support of the We Are One Ocean 30×30 Petition, calling on world leaders to protect 30 percent of our shared, global ocean by 2030. In February, we will ask for every Torchbearer to participate in the Great Barrier Reef Census, the world-first citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. We will also continue to work along-side our primary partner in conservation, Project AWARE, to enlist Torchbearers to help save the Short-Fin Atlantic Mako Shark and to continue to grow Dive Against Debris, PADI’s flagship underwater citizen-science program with the power to influence waste management policies around the world.

2021 will present more opportunities to take actions that heal and protect the ocean.

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