PRESS RELEASE: World Cleanup Day update no 5

15/09/18 World Cleanup Day’s green wave is about to move on from the European and African time zones, as it marches onwards across the Atlantic, towards the Americas on the final leg of the day.  World Cleanup Day Headquarters continues to monitor numbers as they come in. “The high concentration of countries and events in […]

15/09/18

World Cleanup Day’s green wave is about to move on from the European and African time zones, as it marches onwards across the Atlantic, towards the Americas on the final leg of the day. 

World Cleanup Day Headquarters continues to monitor numbers as they come in. “The high concentration of countries and events in Europe and Africa sees our Contact Centre volunteers eagerly contacting the team leaders to find out what their estimated participant numbers are. This will take a few hours yet, so it gives us a short respite before countries like Brazil and Canada start their activities”, explains Heidi Solba, the Head of World Cleanup Day network team. The latest updated report on volunteer numbers remains at 17.2 million.  

Whilst 31 countries are in the midst of their cleanup action, by now more than 120 countries have completed theirs. There are 3  countries yet to start their own World Cleanup Day action, as the green wave continues to sweep across the globe. 

On the World Cleanup Day Zimbabwe unfortunately experienced another round of the cholera and typhoid epidemic, therefore a state of emergency was declared. “Uncollected garbage piles make a fertile breeding ground for the bacteria that causes cholera, which highlights the importance of the World Cleanup Day concept; cleanups do not solve the issues, only sustainable and long-lasting change will address the effects of epidemics, contributed to by the global mismanaged waste crisis.

Zimbabwean national coordinator Nyasha Karumazondo, added: “As a team, we have decided that we will advocate for 15 September to be declared a national public holiday, where all citizens will have a chance to come out and clean their country for the benefit of nature and health. We will take this idea to the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Auxillia C. Mnangagwa, who has indicated, in light of the current cholera outbreak, that there should be a day where all business across the country is stopped and we focus on cleaning our country and keeping it clean.“ Photos of volunteers cleaning Zimbabwe: http://bit.ly/2D8aAlA  

Kenya is working towards future activities after the World Cleanup Day and, together with the United Nations, a plan is being built to start waste mapping activities in the future, using World Cleanup Day’s mapping application. The plan includes that the United Nations will organise the cleaning and waste management every month with the help of locals in Kenya.

Here is a link to the video of Muthurwa Market traders welcoming volunteers to the cleanup in style: http://bit.ly/2NfQxGn

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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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