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Clean Up the World weekend

The weekend of September 19th to 21st is the 16th annual Clean Up the World Weekend. An estimated 35 million volunteers will come together in over 100 countries to do their part in cleaning up the environment. This is one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.

Clean Up the World was launched by Australian Ian Kiernan 16 years ago with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). At the time, Kieran was shocked by the large amounts of plastic rubbish he saw during a round-the-world ocean race. It is estimated that there are currently more than 13,000 pieces of plastic in every square kilometre of ocean.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Start Today… Save Tomorrow - Clean Up our Climate’.
Local communities will spend the weekend taking action on a number of environmental issues, including protecting water sources, saving energy and reducing waste.

Visit the Clean Up the World web site. “Getting involved is simple. Groups or organisations in any city, town or village across the globe can join Clean Up the World. Joining is free* for non corporate organisations and renewable annually.”

To see what communities around the world are doing, visit the Clean Up the World Activities Map.




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