Sunshine Coast Tourism is inviting residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast to participate in its first Sunshine Coast Clean Up. The organization is asking people to spend a short time at a local beach, trail or other outdoor public space and help clean up on Earth Day, Monday, April 22.
“It is our privilege to promote and share the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast’s incredible coastlines, forests and lakes,” said Sunshine Coast Tourism executive director Paul Kamon. “We cannot take this precious region for granted, so it is important that we sustain the good health of our natural tourism attractions and resources for future generations to enjoy.”
Anyone who chooses to participate in the Sunshine Coast Clean Up is asked to post their photos and videos on social media using #sunshinecoastcleanup. Sunshine Coast Tourism will share the photos in a social media campaign to share its Earth Day message of “Sustainable tourism to the world.”
The organization also promotes a safety first approach that includes wearing gloves, going with a friend, bringing hand sanitizer, and not over doing it.
“This means only handling garbage that is within your means to clean up,” the organization stated in a media release on Friday, April 12. “If you come across hazardous materials, do not try to clean up these materials on your own, and instead contact the appropriate [see link below] organization.”
Other tips include bringing buckets or trash bags, and to recycle or compost whenever possible. More information about disposing of solid waste and recycling is available at powellriverrd.bc.ca/community-services-2/solid-waste-recycling.
Sunshine Coast Clean Up is not a facilitated event, but rather a call to action, according to the media release. Sunshine Coast Tourism is not responsible for the safety of participants and any inherent risks they may incur.