NEWS: Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong are getting ready to rally in the city’s single largest cleanup ever after the world largest super typhoon Manghkut passes

15/09/18 With the world’s strongest storm this year just hours away from Hong Kong and southern China, thousands of volunteers gathered for the World Cleanup Day (WCD) despite the impending destruction. The Super Typhoon Manghkut is set to pummel the city with winds of up to 200 km/h, and many are promising to help with […]

15/09/18

With the world’s strongest storm this year just hours away from Hong Kong and southern China, thousands of volunteers gathered for the World Cleanup Day (WCD) despite the impending destruction.

The Super Typhoon Manghkut is set to pummel the city with winds of up to 200 km/h, and many are promising to help with the cleanup efforts, which will be needed more than ever before.

The leader of the WCD in Hong Kong Lisa Christensen said,  “The streets were eerily quiet this morning when we gathered with a few hundred volunteers to do an urban cleanup along the waterfront, with only a few shops open, people were preparing for the destructive forces set to come, with a clear blue sky and stillness in the air belied the danger ahead”.

More than 50 green groups, NGOs, the government,  schools and companies have signed up to clean up Hong Kong. However, due to typhoon warnings there were many postponements. Lisa and her team are now focusing all efforts on organizing even more cleanups following what’s being billed as the ‘World’s worst storm’.

With a population of 7.9 million, Lisa is aiming to mobilze more than 5% of the cities population, which would be approx 350,000. Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, is a melting pot, with residents hailing from all over the world.

Today there were participants taking part from more than 20 countries, from Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and China to England, Italy, Sweden, USA, Canada and Brazil. Hundreds of kilograms of trash were collected today along beaches, city streets and the waterfront promenade.

The WCD 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.

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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