Canoe Ungava team zero-waste Quebec adventure is March 11 topic in Bethel

BETHEL — In 2018, four friends brought together by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School embarked on the biggest expedition of their lives, a 46-day traverse of the Ungava Peninsula in Quebec via the Richard, Leaf, Vizie, and Payne watershedss. The expedition began two years earlier when wilderness educator Beth Jackson decided to try to do a big expedition with zero single-use plastic. The Canoe Ungava team will talk about their adventeure at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy. It’s sponsored by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The presentation is free and open to the public. After 15 years of working as a wilderness instructor, Jackson grew tired of throwing away countless plastic bags at each expedition’s end, and set out to solve the problem. The Canoe Ungava team successfully reduced expedition waste on their trip. Intentional food planning and a hyper-organized system reduced their post-expedition landfill contributions to a soccer ball-sized wad of non-recyclable items.
PHOTO: The Canoe Ungava team in Quebec. (Beth Jackson photo)