Cleaning Up Norfolk Joins Long Point Biosphere

Port Rowan, ON Nov 27, 2019: Cleaning Up Norfolk, a grassroots initiative to reduce the flow of plastic pollution into the Lake Erie Basin, has become part of the Long Point Biosphere’s efforts to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable communities through outreach and education.

Since the spring 2018, Cleaning Up Norfolk (CUN) has organized several community cleanups on beaches, trails and roadsides, and raised public awareness about the environmental threat of plastic pollution through social media and speaking engagements.

“We’re happy that the Long Point Biosphere has adopted CUN so that our volunteers can focus on doing the hands-on work necessary to change the way we use and dispose of plastics here in Norfolk County,” said CUN founder Holly Anderson, who has joined the Biosphere’s Board of Directors.

Through the CUN initiative, the Long Point Biosphere aims to help position the Norfolk community as a leader in ecotourism and stewardship of the environment. Other activities planned include:

  • raising funds to install multiple public water bottle refill stations throughout Norfolk community spaces, starting with Port Dover (eliminating the need to sell bottled water);
  • educating businesses about better practices for reducing plastic usage and operating in a more sustainable way, while helping to clarify legislation and build bridges between health and sustainability;
  • offering alternative services for Norfolk County community festivals to reduce their environmental impact.
  • launching “Eco-fest”, Norfolk County’s first ever, festival-style one day event celebrating our community’s relationship to Lake Erie from an ecological perspective.

As an example, Anderson said the CUN is currently working with the Port Dover Board of Trade to teach better practices, and has been well received.

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“The very positive public response to Cleaning Up Norfolk shows that people in Norfolk County are ready to shift to more sustainable and environmentally-conscious ways,” said Biosphere president Rick Levick.  “CUN’s plans align very well with the Biosphere’s mandate to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable communities.”

The Long Point Biosphere has a long history of working with other conservation organizations, community groups and the private sector to plant trees and tall grass prairie, reduce wildlife road mortality and promote and support sustainable tourism in its zone of cooperation, which includes all of Norfolk County.

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The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that promotes research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.

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