People around the world will carry out cleanups in their local environments on June 16th to mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret, who dedicated many years of her life to protecting the marine environment in polar regions.

As a Expedition Leader with G Adventures, Auffret led efforts to drastically cut back on single-use plastics aboard Arctic expedition cruise vessels and enhance passengers’ involvement in regular beach cleanups.

Last summer alone, tons of marine litter were removed from at least 127 documented cleanups by cruise ships operating in the Arctic.

On March 10th, Auffret was en route to Nairobi to talk about the Clean Seas project when her Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa. There were no survivors.

An avid supporter of environmental issues, Auffret inspired a huge number of people to be part of the solution.

Friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances from around the world have pledged to take action on June 16th and will carry out #CleanupforSarah cleanups of beaches and other areas as a way to honor her memory.

A Kitsilano Beach Cleanup will take place on Sunday, June 16th, starting at 10am.

Meet in front of Kits Beach washrooms. Gloves and garbage bags supplied.

Last modified: June 14, 2019

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