More than 1 million Ukrainians volunteered to clean up the country

More than a million Ukrainians joined Let’s Do It Ukraine’s Ukraine Cleanup month this April, cleaning up 4760 locations and gathering nearly 3000 tons of illegal waste.

The final event of the month was an enormous cleanup day on April 29th, when 483 000 volunteers came out on a single day, according to the Let’s do it! Ukraine and ЧистоFEST ecological event.

Together, Ukrainian volunteers gathered 2940 tons of illegal waste from of parks, squares, shores, forests and illegal garbage dumps, 228 locations altogether.

“With more than a million volunteers working for the cause of cleaner country, Ukrainians proved again we are looking for opportunities rather than reasons,” says Iuliia Markhel, president of Let’s Do It! Ukraine. “We are not a clean-up event only – Let’s Do It! Ukraine has turned into a socio-ecological movement which unites people and spreads to all eco-responsible fields of life.”

After cleanup days in 21 Ukrainian localities, “ЧистоFEST” eco-festival highlighted country’s ecological problems by art and spread culture of sustainable behavior.

Let’s Do It! Ukraine preludes the grand event, World Cleanup Day on September 15th 2018, when people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest peaceful cooperation project of humankind. The “green wave” starts in Japan and, after moving across all timezones with the sun, ending in Hawaii with more than a 300 million people having participated.

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.

To follow upcoming cleanup actions, please visit the web site of Let’s Do It! World: Photos of various cleanup events around the world can be found at the Let’s Do It! World Media Bank: