30 days to go until World Cleanup Day

Just 30 days remain until World Cleanup Day on 15 September – when millions of volunteers in 150 countries will unite with their energy, good will and concern for the environment, to clean their countries of waste in a single day. This global civic-led action will unite local communities worldwide who are battling with the […]

Just 30 days remain until World Cleanup Day on 15 September – when millions of volunteers in 150 countries will unite with their energy, good will and concern for the environment, to clean their countries of waste in a single day.

This global civic-led action will unite local communities worldwide who are battling with the challenges of mismanaged waste, such as litter and illegal dumpsites, which is tarnishing their beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.

The clean-up marathon will start in Fiji, in the South Pacific, as the day breaks, then roll with the sun across the whole planet, finishing up in Hawaii. The event will engage tens of millions of people in everything from small rural villages to the world’s greatest megacities, with many countries looking to engage up to 5% of their total population.

To offer a chance to ask questions and openly discuss this event as much in advance as possible, a Twitter Q&A session will take place today, 15 August, at 19:00 (UTC+3), hosted on the @letsdoitworld Twitter channel. Discussions will cover a number of key questions with local cleanup organisers from around the world. All are welcome to participate. Use the hashtag #FAQ_WCD to follow the conversation, or present additional questions to be discussed.

The action is being propelled by civic movement Let’s do it! World, which has been initiating cleanup actions across 113 countries throughout the last decade, with over 20 million volunteers taking part in total. The movement began in the small Northern European country of Estonia in 2008, when 50,000 people came together to clean up up their entire country in just five hours. The birthplace of the movement, Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city, will be the home of the World Cleanup Day 2018 headquarters.

Updates about the developments across the globe will be provided from the Tallinn headquarters, during the 30 hours that the cleanups will be taking place. The World Cleanup Day team will be tuning in across the globe to show what is happening across all 150 countries – distributing regular updates on the latest statistics, breaking news from country cleanups and social media feeds, as well as a 24-hour live online TV-show, produced straight at the headquarters. The broadcast will include live video connections to the cleanup locations and interviews with people organizing the action. The live broadcast will be viable on multiple platforms: Youtube, Facebook and through worldcleanupday.org home page. Press is welcome to make use of the facilities in the headquarters in Tallinn city center during the World Cleanup Day. Please register by e-mail: [email protected], before 7 September, to do so.

The  year  2018  marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Estonia. World Cleanup  Day  2018  is  Estonia’s  biggest  gift  to  the  world  on  its  100th anniversary. More information  about  the  centenary  events  can  be  found at www.EV100.ee.