Parksville – Leaders from eight B.C. environmental organizations will join Member of Parliament Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th at Parksville Community Park Beach. The celebration will include a beach clean-up, a public discussion with environmental experts, and fun activities for children.

“World Oceans Day is about celebrating the important role that oceans have in our everyday lives,” said Johns. “Coming together as a community to clean up our beach is a mutual act of respect for the waters that give us life.”

World Oceans Day has been celebrated each year on June 8th since 1992 when it was proposed by Canadian delegates at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year the UN is focused on actions that will prevent plastic pollution and create solutions for a healthy ocean.

“All around the world, countries are moving towards banning single-use plastics because of the threat it poses to our natural environment,” said Johns. “It’s time Canada joins in the fight to combat plastic pollution.”

Johns has spoken in the House of Commons almost forty times about the harm that plastics and other marine litter cause to the world’s oceans. His parliamentary motion (M-151) for a national strategy to address the issue has been supported by many environmentalists, municipal governments, Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, and other prominent Canadians.

WHAT: World Oceans Day Celebration

WHERE: Parksville Community Park Beach, 193 Beachside Drive, Parksville

WHEN: June 8th

10:00 AM Beach Cleanup: Participants will be invited to remove marine litter from the beach under the guidance of experts from the Ocean Legacy Foundation

11:00 AM Public Discussion with MP Johns and Environmental Leaders: Updates on initiatives to protect the marine environment by community groups on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in B.C.

Throughout: Educational hands-on children’s activities about the marine environment; and, displays by Environmental Groups.

Paul Kyba

NDP MP Gord Johns