Over half a million volunteers participated in cleanup actions in past few weeks
Civic led movement Let’s Do It! World united 6 countries and around 600,000 people within the last few weeks to get rid of illegal trash and restore community areas.
The goal of this grassroots network is to initiate positive change both locally and globally, working towards a clean, healthy and waste-free world. On 26thof April, Latvia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Belgium, and on 27th of April, Bosnia and Herzegovina, cleaned up illegal garbage on local grassroot level. On the 3rd of May, Estonia, the initiator of the Let’s Do It! movement organised a series of civic-led community events all over the country.
A country-wide cleanup was held in Bulgaria on 26th of April, uniting 326,000 volunteers who collected 16,000 tons of waste from more than 1700 illegal dumping sites. “The fact that less garbage was collected this year, shows a new way of behavior of Bulgarian citizens and the benefit from that kind of social campaigns. This shows that citizens are more conscious about disposing garbage on the street and creation of illegal dumping sites,” commented Simona Nedyalkova from Let’s Do It! Bulgaria.
“We can say for sure that the amount of illegal garbage collected on the 26th of April was less than in the previous years. This is a sign that Latvia becomes cleaner every year,” told Girts Spura, the international affairs manager for Let’s Do It! Latvia. According to Spura, it takes time for changes to occur in society, but the organisers of cleanup actions can already see that people are becoming more and more aware of the environment. “We believe that this will eventually lead us to a more sustainable way of life,” said Spura.
The annual clean up in Latvia was also held on 26th of April, with 1450 cleanup events registered all over the coutry bringing together more than 160,000 volunteers.
In Croatia, the country wide campaign Zelena Čistka (Green Cleanup) took place for the third time on 26th of April. Around 275 schools, 148 cities and 50,000 volunteers from various age and social groups came out to clean up their country from illegal waste.
In Estonia, on the 3rd of May, 43,137 people took part of various Let’s Do It! actions, e.g picking up trash, planting trees, fixing sport tracks, renovating playgrounds and generating ideas for the better future. Around 1700 Let’s Do It! actions were registred all over Estonia. Even though there is no longer any need to involve masses of people to remove illegal waste in Estonia, the event is still widely popular among Estonians to get together and work together as a community.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, approximately 20,000 mostly young people united in order to collect 2000 tons of illegal waste despite of the rain on 27th of April. Due the weather conditions, several cleanup actions were postponed and the number is about to grow even more.
The movement “Let’s Do It!” was born in 2008 in the European country of Estonia, when around 50,000 people came together to remove 10,000 tons of illegal garbage in just five hours. By today, more than 200 different cleanup actions have taken place, having engaged close to 10 million volunteers in 111 countries.
The countries participating in Let’s Do It! actions’ can be seen here: www.letsdoitworld.org/countries and upcoming cleanup dates can be seen here: www.letsdoitworld.org/cleanup_dates_2014.
The Let’s Do It! movement is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid fund, the Open Estonia Foundation, Skype, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, QlikView, Tallink Group, DHL Estonia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Estonian Air, Meedius Estonia, Sendsmaily and EuroPark Estonia.
More information on the Let’s Do It! World global actions:
Let’s Do It! World Cleanup 2014
Head of Public Relations & Communication
Phone: +372 504 1258
E-mail: meelika [at] letsdoitworld [dot] orgHomepage: https://www.letsdoitworld.org
More information on actions in the countries:
Let’s Do It! Latvia
Tel: +371 26428098
E-mail: [email protected]
Home page: http://www.talkas.lv