The theme for this year’s Clean Up the World Campaign is: Our Place – Our Planet – Our Responsibility and it highlights the positive impact each and every one of us can have on our environment by taking individual and collective action.
Clean Up the World is a community-based environmental campaign that inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to make their environment a cleaner, healthier place to live. The campaign brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals who carry out a range of activities and programs that positively improve local environments through cleaning up and conservation.
Founded in 1993, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually making it one of the largest community based environmental campaigns in the world. Scouts have been involved with Clean Up the World every year since its inception.
Founder and Chairman, Ian Kieran said: “Over the last 18 years we have seen remarkable activities undertaken all around the world to protect and promote local environments. The estimated 35 million volunteers, who annually take part in Clean Up the World, are taking responsibility for the environment – and the effects are felt not only by your own communities, but right across the planet.
Our campaign theme in 2011 captures this sentiment. It highlights how local action, taken by every one of our communities and volunteers – has a global impact. It asks each of us to take responsibility for the wellbeing of our environment at a personal and community level and in so doing, contribute to the global effort”
Although Clean Up the World weekend is historically the third weekend in September of every year, clean up campaigns should be conducted throughout the year and on June 25, 2011, the Victoria Falls community came together for a clean up campaign sponsored by Environment Africa’s Victoria Falls Green Fund.
The morning was spent cleaning up over 80 different sites in and around Victoria Falls. Environment Africa has organized a number of Clean Up Campaigns in local districts for September 16.
What will you do?
Clean Up the World initiatives can include clean up events around public places in your area, climate change awareness and prevention activities, recycling projects, educational campaigns, resources recovery projects, tree planting, water reuse, and conservation, competitions and exhibitions. What are you going to do for your environment?
If you would like to organize a Clean Up in your local area, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org – www.environmentafrica.org