Around half a million volunteers came to clean up their countries in autumn

Fifteen countries and about half a million volunteers gave their contribution to the fastest growing civic action Let’s Do It! World Cleanup by cleaning up illegal waste in their countries.

France, Russia, Hungary, Belarus, Thailand, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina, Romania, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil and Macedonia organised cleanup actions in their countries.

In several of the above mentioned countries “Let’s Do It!” is the biggest civic movement of modern times. The Minister for Rural Development of Hungary compared the Hungarian cleanup day with the Battle of Mohács, which was fought between the Turkish Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary and had a decisive impact on the history of East-Central Europe. He stated that if all the Hungarians who participated in the cleanup action could have stood against the Turkish army, the history would have been very different.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 10,000 volunteers took part in a massive tree planting action resulting in 230,000 trees being planted in one day.

The Republic of Macedonia with it’s population of a little over two million, managed to gather together over 61,600 people to come out of their homes and voluntarily clean up illegal waste in most of the country’s municipalities. In addition to the clean up actions, a conference was organised, education programs offered to schools, etc.

Jan Zijlstra, leader of Let’s Do It! Macedonia felt that the response has been good and the organisers are quite pleased with the result: “It was great to see so many people involved and wonderful to work with them during the action day. There is still a lot of space for improvement on many issues and we only see this as a stimulant to upgrade our involvement to reach the goal of Macedonia without waste,” he said.

More than 45,000 volunteers collected litter 1,833 km of beaches, country parks and streets in Hong Kong. Nearly 1,300 tonnes of rubbish was collected during this year’s six-week “Hong Kong Cleanup” from September 21 to November 1. The organisers admitted the worst places in terms of garbage were the beaches. The most common type of waste collected was plastic bags, despite the government levy.

The country with the biggest number of participants in total was Romania, which involved about 200,000 volunteers to clean Romania of illegal waste.

On the 22nd of November, Albania will organise a country cleanup and from the 27th of November until the 30th of November Nigeria will be celebrating Earth Day Festival to promote the Let’s Do It! movement.

The movement “Let’s Do It!” was born in 2008 in the European country of Estonia, when around 4 per cent of the population came together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Under normal circumstances it would have taken the government three years and 22,500,000 Euros to clean up the same amount of illegal garbage, but it was done for 500,000 euros and in only one day. By today, more than 8,5 million volunteers have participated in “Let’s Do It!” actions. The network now unites 108 countries all over the world, which are hosting various events, from one day cleanup actions to other actions to raise awareness on illegal dumping and its harm.

The Let’s Do It! movement is supported by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Skype, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the Estonian Ministry of the Environment, QlikView, Tallink Group, DHL Estonia, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) and EuroPark Estonia.


For more information on the Let’s Do It! movement (including contacts of other participating countries), please contact:
Meelika Hirmo
Let’s Do It! World Cleanup 2013
Head of Public Relations & Communication
GSM: +372 504 1258
E-mail: [email protected]
Home page: https://www.letsdoitworld.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/letsdoitworld
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/letsdoitworld
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Letsdoitworld

Macedonia:
Jan Zijlstra
Let’s Do It! Macedonia
Team leader
Phone: +389 77 88 29 24
E-mail: [email protected]
Home page: www.ajdemakedonija.mk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetsdoitMacedonia
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/LetsDoItMacedonia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AjdeMakedonija

Hungary:
Gáspár Bubrik
Let’s Do It! Hungary
Press Officer
Phone: +36 70 777 1265
E-mail: [email protected]
Home page: http://www.teszedd.hu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teszedd
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/2012TeSzedd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeSzedd

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Božidar Mihajlović
Let’s Do It! Bosnia and Herzegovina
Country coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Home page: http://letsdoit.ba
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetsDoItOcistimoZemljuZa1Dan