World Cleanup Day 2022 – One Day to Clean Up Our Planet

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This September 17th, the world comes together again to clean up our public spaces and environment.

What is World Cleanup Day?

World Cleanup Day aims to raise awareness of our mismanaged waste crisis by mobilizing all spheres of society to participate in cleanup actions. Individuals, governments, corporations and organizations are all encouraged to take part in cleanups and to find solutions to tackle mismanaged waste.

World Cleanup Day is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting people from around the world to help clean our planet.

Every year on the third Saturday in September, volunteers all over the world come together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets. The goal each year is to mobilize 5% of the world’s population (or approximately 380 million people).

World Cleanup Day is organized by Let’s Do It World! (LDIW), a global organization with representatives in more than 160 countries. Each country leader or a group of leaders mobilizes people in their countries for World Cleanup Day. Beyond the World Cleanup Day event, LDIW provides guidance, advice, and leadership skills for anyone willing to commit time to the cause of fighting plastic pollution helping different countries that are differently affected by mismanaged waste and plastic pollution.

The first global World Cleanup Day event was held on September 15th, 2018 but it was the result of local cleaning efforts that started in 2008 in Estonia. The first World Cleanup Day managed to mobilize 18 million people worldwide.

Did You Know….

Our Director of Science & Education, Dr. Christine Figgener, has been chosen as an official World Cleanup Day ambassador for the past three years. Given her history of advocacy against single-use plastic she hopes to inspire more people all over the world to become active and help clean up our planet and prevent future pollution. This year she is in company of the president of the European Comission, Ursula von der Leyen, who joins World Cleanup Day as patroness.

Why You Should Participate in World Cleanup Day

Globally, we are producing too much waste, which often ends up in our environment and public spaces posing a health hazard for animals and humans.

  • According to the current state of analyses, 40 times more plastic waste accumulates on land than in the sea each year. 192,000,000 tons to be exact.
  • Current studies show that rivers carry up to 4 million tons of plastic waste into the sea every year. This corresponds to the weight of approx. 400 Eiffel towers.
  • It is estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic waste make their way into our oceans every year. That is equivalent to one truckload per minute.

We should always keep in mind that our beautiful planet Earth provides us with everything we need to survive: food, water, oxygen, and resources for shelter and technologies. Cleaning our planet is one way to help maintain and restore our life force.

How to Participate in World Cleanup Day

We hope you are going to join us on September 17th and help us to clean up our planet!

You can either register your own event or you can search for and join a registered event near you https://www.worldcleanupday.org/get-involved. An overview of all planned events with the respective person in charge can be found here https://www.worldcleanupday.org/countries. To read more about World Cleanup Day, visit https://www.worldcleanupday.org/