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15. September 2018, 23:15
15. September 2018, 23:15
Tiny yet mighty – this is how Estonia is often described. Today it’s joined by a number of other countries who have participated in the World Cleanup 2018 day in their own small way. These 6 countries each had less than 150 people attending cleanups but are still filled with enthusiasm to continue and organize […]
Tiny yet mighty – this is how Estonia is often described. Today it’s joined by a number of other countries who have participated in the World Cleanup 2018 day in their own small way. These 6 countries each had less than 150 people attending cleanups but are still filled with enthusiasm to continue and organize more cleanup events soon.
The first countries to start the green wave was Fiji. It was one of the last countries to come on board of the World CleanUp day and with no resources and in 8 weeks launched themselves head first into the action. They had 25 people picking up trash along the beach and collected mostly plastic. The Middle East added some more people to the overall count, in Qatar 65 volunteers tackled garbage on a sand dune in near 40 degree heat.
Surrounded by the record breaking Indonesia little and very young Timor Leste managed to gather only 25 people from hundred they hoped for, but still more than Papua New Guinea whose Independence Day kept the participation number as little as 11 cleaners. These young states are not letting their spirits be ruined though, both have planned to continue with the efforts.
Poland, with it’s 120 volunteers, reported finding garbage in the least likely places. Tomasz Joseph, organizer of the 3 clean ups in Poland, said that the crew was unpleasantly surprised when they found garbage up in the trees.
Luxembourg was a newcomer to the list of countries cleaning the world. Reckange-sur-Mess, a small commune of 2500 people in the South-West of Luxembourg state went out with 70 people. They tackled sides of highways and managed to collect around 1000kgs of garbage. The Deputy Mayor of Reckange-sur-Mess Robert Leclerc said that they collected everything from cigarette butts to soft drink cans. “We also found some dumping sites, in Luxembourg we are charged for garbage collection and there are some people who are not willing to pay,” he said.
Zimbabwe experienced the biggest setback of all the countries participating, their predicted number of 300,000 people dropped to 130 due to a Cholera outbreak in the country. The country leader, Marian Blessing Karumazondo, reported that such drop was to protect the school children from any infection, the measure was called by the Ministry of Education. They remain steadfast and will continue their efforts, and will keep up the spirit of the Let’s Do It! movement.