Nikkei National Museum Speakers Series
Marine Debris Creating Human Connections Across the Pacific
Talk by Kate Le Souef
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Kate Le Souef is the tsunami debris cleanup coordinator with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF. Since June, Kate has been coordinating cleanups of shorelines on Vancouver Island that have been affected by debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. She traveled to Japan in November 2014 to attend an incredible, confronting and inspiring week-long event about the 2011 tsunami and to tour affected areas.
This presentation will include an update of cleanup efforts in BC, as well as a summary of Kate’s trip to Japan. She will include her experience of the human impact of the tsunami, descriptions of the cleanup and rebuilding efforts, and stories of hope from survivors. Kate will also describe the international network that came together as a result of the tsunami to share information about tsunami driftage and emergency preparedness. The collective hope of these groups is that the legacy of the tragic tsunami is a greater awareness of everyday marine debris and increased collaboration across oceans.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup