NEWS: Kyrgyz President Leads Countrywide Cleanup

15/09/2018 Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, along with the government and the Prime Minister, Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, participated in the World Cleanup Day this Saturday, 15 September, cleaning up the Botanical Garden of the country’s capital, Bishkek. Aijan Chynybaeva, the founder of Eco-Demi and the Leader of Let’s Do It! Kyrgyzstan, said that the civic action was, […]

15/09/2018

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, along with the government and the Prime Minister, Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, participated in the World Cleanup Day this Saturday, 15 September, cleaning up the Botanical Garden of the country’s capital, Bishkek.

Aijan Chynybaeva, the founder of Eco-Demi and the Leader of Let’s Do It! Kyrgyzstan, said that the civic action was, “a call for harmony between man and nature”. She emphasised that, besides helping to “preserve the purity of their native land – as an indicator of the cultural awakening and respect for its heritage”, the goal of the project was to “raise the nation’s awareness regarding environmental issues”.

Kyrgyzstan is trying to deal with ever-increasing waste amounts; currently the figure for waste is more than 200 kg per person, per year. According to the experts, Kyrgyzstan has accumulated a total of 100 million tons of production and consumption waste. To handle the waste situation, the government has launched the ‘Taza Zhashoo’ initiative and passed a decree to tackle the waste problem and raise awareness.

More than 400,000 people of all ages were expected to take part – that’s over 10% of the country’s population. Every village and city had a clean-up location, adding up to more than 1,000 spots altogether, over 150 of them in Bishkek alone. The volunteers were able to reach even the most remote and complicated areas, such as the Ala Archa National Park in the Tian Shan Mountains, which was very dirty and was open for the day.

Different sectors of the country got involved as well, such as the business sector with banks and building companies like Beeline partnering up. Countless groups and organisations decided to help out, with volunteers from the Eco-Demi public fund or the former and present students of the English Access Microscholarship Program and Lingua schools, to name just a few. On top of it, musicians from the country even made a rap song about the initiative.

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World Cleanup Day events can be followed through the homepage www.letsdoitworld.org. The 24-hour, non-stop World Cleanup Live Show will cover the cleanups across the globe. The show is hosted by Irish TV presenter and producer Colm Flynn and TV presenter Zihlo Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and will be broadcast from Tallinn, Estonia. It will be aired via the World Cleanup Day website https://www.worldcleanupday.org/and also via Facebook and YouTube channels.

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

More information:

Website:  www.worldcleanupday.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/letsdoitworld

Tiina Urm, Head of Communication

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