Over 60 nations sign up for global cleanup

Over 60 countries are participating in the civic initiative Let’s Do It World 2012, which aims to clean up illegal dumps with the help of volunteers around the world, said Rainer Nõlvak, organizer of the campaign.

Launched originally in Estonia in 2008, the initiative brought together 50,000 volunteers in its first year, pitching in to tidy up the country.

Since then, national or district-level waste-gathering campaigns have been organized in 16 countries including some of the world’s largest nations India, Brazil and Russia.

The upcoming global event starting in March 2012 and running for six months will be the biggest undertaking yet, carried out in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and several Asian nations. For example, in Ghana, an estimated 500,000 people will make an effort to rid their nation from trash, said Nõlvak, adding that in each country mass cleanups will take place within 24 hours as in Estonia in 2008.

Currently the global initiative has 51 volunteer coordinators, yet as the number of participatory nations is growing, the organizers are on a lookout for more people to lend a hand for the project.

Source: Estonian Review

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