Today is World Cleanup Day, which brings together millions of volunteers, governments, and organizations from 191 countries to address the global waste problem and build a more sustainable world.
Despite the special requirements and many restrictions of Covid-19, volunteers and partners from all over the world came together today to clean up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets. Since 2018, World Cleanup Day has brought together millions of people for the world’s largest waste collection day. World Cleanup Day harnesses the collective power of people all over the world to accomplish incredible things.
In 2008, a small northern European country, Estonia, came up with a game-changing idea. In just five hours, 50,000 people banded together to clean up the entire country. On that day, a global bottom-up civic movement was born, which quickly spread around the world. This captured the attention of people all over the world, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day formula. The simple idea has blossomed into a global movement involving millions of volunteers and charismatic leaders. The simple act of cleaning has become a force that brings people and groups together who would never dream of working together otherwise. Civil society, governments, and global corporations, Saudi women, people fleeing the conflict in Yemen and Syria, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians, men and women, and children.
The idea’s simplicity and “let’s do it” attitude took off, and the rest, as they say, is history. Trash can be picked up by anyone. World Cleanup Day has evolved into much more than just picking up trash. Daycares, schools, businesses, and government officials all pitched in. Because they were able to. They wanted to be a part of making their home a better place. The planet is our home.
Let’s Do It World (LDIW) is a global organization that brings together people from over 160 countries. The largest event organized by LDIW is World Cleanup Day. Let’s Do It World envisions a clean and healthy world free of waste. They address the environmental challenges associated with the mismanaged solid waste crisis by mobilizing millions of people to take coordinated local and global actions. They regard waste as a mismanaged resource. Through their activities and campaigns, they hope to inspire better resource management and smarter choices in design, production, and consumption. They hope to raise global awareness and implement long-term solutions to the global waste epidemic.
Despite the war, Ukraine is participating in World Cleanup Day. Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, World Cleanup Day is from August 17 to September 17.
Let’s Do It World’s vision is a waste-free world, and in order to achieve this, they must take multiple actions, including not only cleaning up but also preventing waste production and effectively managing waste after it has been generated.
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