NEWS: Japan fights hidden pollution

15/09/2018 In spite of several earthquakes in the Osaka region and a heavy rainfall in Tokyo and in its surroundings, Japanese cleanup teams succeeded to gather nearly 14,000 cubic meteres of different garbage – mainly cigarettes, plastics and cans originating from 77 cleaned areas. A helping hand was given by the Estonian Ambassador in Japan […]

15/09/2018

In spite of several earthquakes in the Osaka region and a heavy rainfall in Tokyo and in its surroundings, Japanese cleanup teams succeeded to gather nearly 14,000 cubic meteres of different garbage – mainly cigarettes, plastics and cans originating from 77 cleaned areas.

A helping hand was given by the Estonian Ambassador in Japan and the EU delegation in Tokyo, as well as by the Tokyo City government.
Also, Tyrone Pillay, the South African Paraloympic athlete from Toyota corporation joined the global cleaning campaign.
The organizers are happy about the event as it is the first time that Japan has been involved on a global level. There have been smaller independent cleanups in the country before but the help from Europe and the WCD (World Cleanup Day) to raise garbage awareness has been remarkable. It is believed that this kind of cleaning events will be taking place more frequently in the future. People are becoming more and more aware of the garbage problems and how to protect the nature from “plasticizing”. In Japan trash in the cities is not a big issue, as it is hardly spotted. The problem concerns the countryside and especially the inland and ocean waters. A research that states that the sea around Japan has a 27 times higher concentration of micro-plastics compared to that of the average of the world.

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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

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