2017 Earth Day Beach Cleanup and Presentations

Earth Day was first proposed in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell, who suggested a day of worldwide recognition of the damage being done to the environment and the responsibility of humans to care for the Earth. The idea was taken up by American Senator Gaylord Nelson after seeing the devastation caused by the 1969 oil spill in California. Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970, with the goal of educating people about the environment. It is often credited as being the catalyst for the modern environmental movement. Today, Earth Day is observed in 192 countries around the world by over a billion people, who celebrate by holding rallies, providing educational activities, and engaging in environmental service or restoration work.

Saturday, April 22 this year will be the 47th anniversary of Earth Day and all are invited to join with PICA in celebrating with two events, both aimed at celebrating the Salish Sea: the annual Beach Clean Up in the morning, and free presentations on our Salish Sea in the afternoon.

Help keep our island beaches clean and beautiful by joining us for the Beach Clean Up, which will be held at the parking lot of the Medicine Beach Centre from 9:30 to noon. You can check in before you begin (and pick up the provided bags and gloves and a suggested beach to clean) or when you come to drop off collected garbage after cleaning your beach.

There will be food and coffee provided by Slow Coast Cafe, as well as children’s activities, music, draws, and prizes for the biggest and most unusual items collected. If you find something that is too big for you to bring in, let us know at the check-in site and we'll arrange to have someone go and pick it up. For those of you who would like to go out on kayaks to help clean some of the difficult to reach places, Kye from Dog Mermaid Ecotours, will have kayaks ready on Medicine Beach in Bedwell Harbour. If you wish to go out with Kye, please meet at Medicine Beach at 9:30. Jay from Pender Island Kayak Adventures will be at Browning Harbour; please meet him at Hamilton Beach. Call Elizabeth if you would like to do the kayak clean-up, so that we will have an idea of the numbers.

We are fortunate to have three great presentations lined up for the afternoon at the Anglican Parish Hall from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

Leanna Boyer from the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society will come from Salt Spring Island to talk about nearshore ecology with a focus on Bull Kelp. Last year Pender volunteers assisted with a SeaChange/University of Victoria collaborative study by mapping bull kelp by kayak. Leanna will present the results of this study and discuss how long term bull kelp monitoring can be supported on Pender. If you can’t make the presentation, Leanna will be stationed at the SeaChange informational display.

Jenna Falk from the Galiano Conservancy Association will join us to speak about the Rockfish Conservation Project and Galiano's experience working to protect these species at risk with some amazing partners, volunteers and community members since 2012. Learn more about how you can get involved, try on a one-of-a-kind rockfish hat and take home some free materials about rockfish and marine conservation in the Strait of Georgia.

Pender’s own David Manning will wrap up the afternoon with a slideshow of Wildlife of the Salish Sea Islands. 

Enjoy some tasty treats & Moonbeans coffee, and visit the several informational displays. All are welcome, and there is no charge.  We hope to have some children’s activities arranged for the afternoon, and if you wish to volunteer to help with this it would be most appreciated. 

Please contact Trinette Prior at 250-629-2213 or Elizabeth Miles at 250-539-8843 or elizabethmiles999@gmail.com, for more information about either of these events.

Elizabeth Miles

Adopt-a-Beach & Annual Earth Day
 Beach Cleanup Links

Earth Day Beach Cleanup photos - April 24, 2011
Earth Day Beach Cleanup photos - April 21, 2012
Earth Day Beach Cleanup photos - April 20, 2013
Earth Day Beach Cleanup photos - April 25, 2015
Earth Day Beach Cleanup photos - April 23, 2016
Earth Day Beach Cleanup & presentations photos - April 22, 2017
Information about the day

Photos by Davy Rippner 2011 Earth Day