Civic-Led Movement Let’s Do It! World Continues to Build up the Biggest Global Anti-Waste Network
Civic activists from 65 countries will gather in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, from January 26 to 29, for a Clean World Conference to make plans to clean up the world from waste in just one day, September 8, 2018. The conference is an outgrowth of the Let’s Do It! World movement, which has already involved more than 16.8 million people in nationwide waste cleanups in 113 countries around the globe.
The theme of the conference, “Connecting Heroes”, aims to build “an even stronger network of people from many countries, with a shared goal, that will also be visible to the world. That will give us the strength to keep working towards solving this illegal waste and wasteful lifestyle problem together, culminating in the World Cleanup Day in 2018’’ according to Eva Truuverk, one of the initiators of the Let’s Do It! Movement.
With a world population of over seven billion people and growing, the pressure on the environment is increasing. It is estimated, that over 100 million tonnes of garbage cover areas of the world’s mainland, and approximately 8 million tons of plastic will end up in our oceans each year. Illegal waste harms land and sea animals, affects the food chain, causes floods and the spread of diseases affecting the human population. The World Bank has announced that the global cost of dealing with rubbish is continuing to rise – to an estimated 2.2 billion tonnes per year by 2025 – with annual global costs of $375 billion.
The conference panel discussion will focus on finding the solutions for the waste problem and is called “When the World is drowning in waste – whose problem is it?”. The President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will be one of the panelists in addition to the keynote speakers.
The keynote speakers are experts in the field of waste management and the environment: Antonis Mavropoulos, president of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); Jeff Kirschner, founder and CEO of crowdsource-cleaning community Litterati, and artist Asher Jay, who is National Geographic Emerging Explorer and UN Women Design Star. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, will be among the first speakers addressing the audience of cleanup organizers, partners and stakeholders tackling the global waste problem.
Participants from five continents, Asia, Africa, America, South America and Europe, will attend intense workshops and discussions, sharing experience from their national clean up events and raising awareness on illegal waste-related topics, in preparation for the global World Cleanup Day, September 8, 2018.
Let’s Do It! World is the outcome of a massive volunteer initiative, pioneered in Estonia in 2008, when 50 000 volunteers cleaned up 10 000 tonnes of illegal waste in just five hours. Officials estimated that the initiative saved local governments three years of work and 22,5 million Euros. The idea quickly caught on, and has since spread globally, having now grown into a network of over 100 countries. On September 8th, 2018, Let’s Do It! World will organize a massive World Cleanup Day, with 150 countries cleaning up waste on the same day.
Let’s Do It! cleanup activities in 2016 are supported by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid fund, the Estonian Ministry of the Environment, Estonia 100 and the conference is funded by European Union from European Regional Development fund.
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