Let’s Do it! World: A Million Volunteers From 11 Countries Clean Up Their Neighbourhood

More than a million volunteers in 11 countries joined their energy in April and May to clean up their native villages and towns from heaps of litter and garbage dumped illegally. In several countries, the participation in the cleanup action reached record-breaking numbers. 

On 2 April Cyprus saw a turnout of 35,000 people – in other words, every thirtieth islander spent a day on cleaning up their home from illegal litter.

In Latvia, the event took place on 22 April when 200,000 volunteers cleaned the environment of as much as 2,100 tonnes of litter. On the same day in the neighbouring country Lithuania, the turnout was even bigger – there were as many as 250,000 volunteers cleaning up their country. Over the past ten years, volunteers have collected more than 40,000 tonnes of waste – Let’s Do It! days have become popular and nationwide events.

“Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, opened the Let’s Do It! event by planting trees near the mental health centre in Vilnius, so that the patients could enjoy the nature and recover sooner. On 22 April, the day of the Let’s Do It event, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Parliament along with members of the Parliament, mayors of our cities and many other important people of Lithuania participated in the event and helped to free our country from waste,” said Kristina Baranovaitė, the leader of Let’s Do It! action in Lithuania.

Besides Latvia and Cyprus, Let’s Do It! cleanup days were held in Greece, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Croatia. In the first week of May, similar cleaning events were held in Estonia and Bosnia. Cleaning activities of smaller scale took place in Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo and Argentina.

The global network of volunteers behind the clean-up actions, Let’s Do It! World, are already busy preparing for the world-wide clean-up day due to take place next autumn.

On September 8, 2018, Let’s Do It! World will organize a massive World Cleanup Day, with 150 countries cleaning up waste on the same day. The World Cleanup Day shall be the biggest peaceful cooperation project in the history of mankind, with more than 300 million people expected to join their forces to clean the environment from waste.

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  about 100 countries. Today, Let’s Do It! is a global network, having engaged a total of more than 16 million participants.

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Please also see the list of major cleanup actions Let’s Do It! in April and May 2017 together with the respective number of participants. We don’t have the number of volunteers for all the countries as yet, the update will soon be available on the www.letsdoitworld.org.

To follow upcoming cleanup actions, please visit the website of Let’s Do It! World: www.letsdoitworld.org. Photos of various cleanup events from around the world can be found at the Let’s Do It! World Media Bank: mediabank.letsdoitworld.org

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, Skype, QlikView, Tallink Group, DHL Estonia, PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Interlex Translations, Meedius Estonia, Sendsmaily, EuroPark Estonia and Estonia 100.