Supporting BC’s most significant marine cleanup
Every year, approximately 8.8 million tonnes of marine debris consisting of industrial, residential, and single-use plastics enter our oceans and end up on British Columbia’s shorelines, threatening our fragile ecosystems and marine and land animals.
This year, the Province of BC’s Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative, which supports marine shoreline clean-up and derelict vessel removal in coastal communities within British Columbia, funded the largest-ever marine debris cleanup. The initiative ran for six weeks and removed over 425 tonnes of shoreline waste from three hundred kilometres of coastline.
This remarkable joint effort between the provincial government, the Small Ship Tour Operators Association (SSTOA), the Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) and the Ocean Legacy Foundation employed 111 people in the tourism industry and 69 people in Indigenous coastal communities. Many of them would otherwise have found difficulty securing employment due to COVID-19’s impacts on the tourism industry.
In support of the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative, TELUS sponsored the Wilderness Tourism Association and the Small Ship Tour Operators Association on a 42-day excursion which collected more than 200 tonnes of marine debris along 300 kilometres of B.C.’s shoreline, with support from Wuikinuxv (Oweekano) Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasoo / Xai’xais Nation and Gitxaala Nation.
TELUS’ contribution paid for the transportation and recycling of marine debris, enabling the team to remove significant debris along the coastline. With active support from the three First Nations whose territories the expeditions operated within, this initiative also employed 180 additional people, including individuals from Gitga’at, Gitxaala and Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative aligns with TELUS’ long-standing commitment to building a better, more sustainable future. This commitment is outlined in our 2020 Sustainability Report, alongside our ambitious goal to achieve carbon neutrality across our operations by 2030.
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