World Cleanup Day – 19 September 2020

World Cleanup Day started as a simple idea. A group of people, concerned about the amount of litter in their community, decided to do something. 12 Years later, the idea has grown into a global movement with millions of volunteers and charismatic leaders.

World Cleanup Day is the largest one-day peacetime civic action against waste aiming to raise awareness of the global mismanaged waste crisis and its impact on the environment. World Cleanup Day 2019 brought together 21 million people from 180 countries who cleaned up over 100 thousand tons of waste in 24 hours.

Each country is affected by mismanaged waste in different ways. In some, waste is an issue managed by the government; in some, waste is something that the majority of the population is surrounded by; in others, waste and recycling provides thousands of jobs; in some, mismanaged waste is not such a huge issue and in some countries, mismanaged waste is a matter of life and death.

Each country addresses the issues surrounding waste that are most pressing for them. “Let’s Do It World (LDIW)” provides guidance, advice, and leadership skills for anyone willing to commit time to the cause. The millions united by LDIW are a fraction of the world that care enough to act. A simple action of picking up rubbish. These people care for the future. They can look beyond differences and work for keeping what unites us - our common home.

Anyone can pick up litter. In 2018, a 101-year old man volunteered to clean in Curaçao. In Estonia, a group of mothers carrying their babies went out to clean. In Scotland, a dog association came out with the dogs. But World Cleanup Day has become so much more than the act of picking up rubbish. Daycares, schools, companies, government officials - the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the able and less able - everyone contributed. Because they could. Because they wanted to be involved in making their home a better place. Because they were given an opportunity to help. Because they belong to a community.

Cleanups alone will not solve the crisis, but these events create change in society by:

  • Promoting change in individual behaviour
  • Creating awareness of litter around us
  • Diverting civil society’s and government’s attention to this crisis

World Cleanup Day is about positive collaboration, the spirit of unity and most importantly, getting something done for the planet and the realisation that we need planet Earth with its resources more than it needs us.

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