In the summer of 2016, the SSIO of Canada partnered with the non-profit organisation, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, to restore a stretch of the Rouge River. The garbage scattered around shorelines and in waterbodies severely compromises both human health and the environment. The initiative emerged as a national programme in 2002 and has provided all Canadians the opportunity to help preserve fragile ecosystems across the nation’s shorelines by removing accumulated litter. On 16th July 2016, 15 Sathya Sai youth and eight SSIO members from Ontario helped clean up the shoreline and parts of the river, collecting six bags of garbage and four bags of material for recycling along two kilometres of shoreline. The past ten years has seen a three-fold increase in the number of volunteers and amount of litter collected to protect the environment and improve health and safety.

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