SPRING ClEAN UP CHALLENGE 2022
We are happy to announce that we're launching a Spring Clean Up Challenge between May 16th and June 20th!
This is an excellent way to help keep the ocean trash-free while raising important funds for ocean education.
What's a spring clean up you ask? Picking up any litter while outside. This could be near the ocean, in your backyard or during your daily walk to work.
Each participant will commit to collecting litter for a minimum of 120 minutes (2 hours) during a month's time. Ambassadors will also commit to fundraising a minimum of $200 for Back to Sea Society.
We're here to assist every step of the way to help make it easy for you! See our FAQ's below.
Be a sea-tizen scientist!
While collecting litter, if you observe any wildlife, consider taking a photo and then sharing with iNaturalist. iNaturalist is a social network and mobile app with citizen scientists, naturalists and biologists. It is built on the concept of sharing observations of various biodiversity all over the world. Simply download the app today and test it out on your next outing!
Note: you can take your photos while cleaning up and then upload later.
You are also able to track the litter you are collecting by using HRM's new mobile app called Litterati. This app allows anyone in HRM to photograph and tag common pieces of litter that they find within their neighbourhoods and communities. The data that is collected using the Litterati application will be used to see where litter clean ups are taking place and to track trends in the types of litter we are seeing in the community. For more information on the app and how to use it click here
There will be prizes for our top fundraisers and cleaner-uppers!
INFO AT A GLANCE
Peer-to-peer challenge to fundraise for the Back to the Sea Society all while helping to keep our environment and oceans trash-free!
Throughout the month of May and June. The challenge goes from May 16th-June 20th.
Commit to a minimum of 120 minutes (2 hours) of cleaning during the span of a month. If you want to commit to more days or longer periods of time you can!
Anyone anywhere in Canada can participate. Outside of Canada? You can still join us, but please take note all the fundraising will take place through Canada Helps and that Canadian charitable tax receipts are issued to donors. View the team page here.
A kick-off group clean event will take place before the challenge gets started. Location and time TBD. Participants outside of Halifax are invited to follow along online on our live Instagram and FB streams!
We also invite you to showcase your progress to the online community. Share your clean up photos and progress updates to social media and tag us so we can keep cheering you on! Use the hashtags #cleanforthesea #cleanup #beplasticwise #10minutetidy
Sign-up using the contact form above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the fundraising work?
Fundraising will take place through Canada Helps. We have a team page and each participant also has their own fundraising page showcasing their progress. Everyone who donates will receive a charitable tax receipt. Participants can also accept cash donations. These must be dropped off to Back to the Sea and will be added to your online progress on Canada Helps.
Can I set my own goals?
Definitely! If you would like to set a higher fundraising goal or commit to more days or hours of cleaning you are more than welcome to. We appreciate your dedication to the cause!
Does the clean up have to take place along the coast?
Not at all! Feel free to clean up litter wherever your heart desires. It can be in a park, in the city, along your neighbourhood street.
What do I need to participate?
If you are in the Halifax area we will provide you with gloves and some repurposed bags for your garbage pickup. We will have these ready for everyone during the kick-off event in Dartmouth. We can arrange pick up if you can't make it to the event. If you are outside of Halifax you will likely want to get yourself a pair of gloves to ensure you are cleaning up safely.
Do the 120 minutes have to be consecutive?
Not at all! Clean anytime in May-June :)
Thank you for helping us keep our oceans clean all the while raising important funds for our work!