The 30th annual Earth Week Clean Up is organized by the:
Oakville Community Centre for
Peace, Ecology and Human Rights,
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR A CLEAN, GREEN, LITTER-FREE OAKVILLE IN 2021
“The 30th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Oakville Nature Sites will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 and we intend to have the event function in a safe and healthy way,” stated Stephen Dankowich, founder and Executive Director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.
“Progress has been made with the arrival of vaccines and with the public’s active participation in wearing masks, washing their hands and practising social distancing however we must all remain highly vigilant until the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated,” he added.
“We are now preparing to organize as safe and healthy an event as we can possibly organize and we welcome any suggestions for ensuring a successful Clean Up of Oakville’s beautiful parks, ravines, trails, woodlots and lakefronts,” he noted.
“This community-wide event is perhaps one of the few activities that can yet be attended to in a relatively safe and healthy manner. The Clean Up is an open air event taking place in wide open spaces which conveniently allows for ease in social distancing. We also are encouraging people to think about participating but only in their own ‘family bubble’,” he continued.
“Forty locations are now confirmed. At each Clean Up site, volunteers will be greeted by an event coordinator. We are fond of saying that coordinators are the real backbone of this environmental event. It began modestly in 1992 with thirty volunteers at just one site along the Twelve Mile Creek at Bronte Road and the QEW and has flourished into a widely anticipated annual activity that tens of thousands of Oakville residents and students have participated in over the past twenty-nine years. Coordinators have stepped forward to serve their neighbourhood and have been the public face of this activity. It is thanks to their dedication and devotion to the local natural environment and to building community in Oakville that this event has been so successful in accomplishing its goals,” enthused Mr. Dankowich.
“All participants will be required to practise social distancing, wear a mask and apply hand sanitizer before and afterwards. Volunteers will help themselves to a garbage bag and disposable gloves. People will be asked to sign in for the purpose of tracing if necessary and are consenting for their own protection. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Lawn signage at each location will facilitate the easiest and least amount of contact between coordinators and participant volunteers,” he said.
“The theme for the 30th annual event is that we are for a clean, green, litter-free Oakville. This community-wide environmental event is sponsored by the Town of Oakville, Halton Region Waste Management, local businesses and community organizations. Our goals are to promote awareness and respect for nature and Oakville’s many waterways, beautify local neighbourhoods, build community through environmental activism, protect wildlife and increase awareness of the need to protect biodiversity in Oakville,” remarked the executive director of OCCPEHR.
“Please contact the organizers at (905) 849-5501 and/or email@example.com
to get involved or to organize your own new Clean Up site. The earth and all living things need our care. We thank everyone for their past involvement in Oakville’s annual Earth Day Clean Up and encourage new residents to join in with others in a safe way in 2021. Of course, the event depends on there being no further lockdown prior to May 15th due to Covid-19,” concluded Mr. Dankowich.