24 March 2012, 15:38

World cleanup-2012

World cleanup-2012
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Millions of people are pulling efforts for a world cleanup. The worldwide event “Let’s Do It! World Cleanup-2012” is getting under way today, March 24th, in 100 countries to last until late September.  According to a conservative estimate, humanity generates some one billion tons of garbage every year.

Millions of people are pulling efforts for a world cleanup. The worldwide event “Let’s Do It! World Cleanup-2012” is getting under way today, March 24th, in 100 countries to last until late September. 

According to a conservative estimate, humanity generates some one billion tons of garbage every year. A mere 11% of the amount is processed. The rest is taken to special-purpose ground or thrown out to spontaneous waste deposits, such as bathing beaches, city parks or suburban woods. The civic movement “Let’s Do It!” sprang into existence in Estonia in 2008, when 10,000 tons of garbage in the republic was removed in just five hours. Taking part in the event were 50,000 residents, or 4% of the population. The idea was picked up throughout Europe and elsewhere in no time. In 2010, it was Portugal that led in the number of participants in garbage removing, - 200,000 people. Next year, 2011, Slovenia beat Portugal by boasting 270,000 participants, or 13% of the population. Last year, dozens of Russian regions took part in the cleanup event. This year, the organizers of the cleanup, due on September 15th, believe they will have all 83 Russian regions take part, for Russia to become the world leader. This is what an organizer of “Let’s Do It!”, Tatyana Kargina, says about it in a comment.

"We are currently energetically looking for regional coordinators, Tatyana Kargina says. There are actually quite a few of them, both officials of some organizations who have already been engaged in major cleanup events in Russia, and just people who are proactive. We are due to form regional teams by April 15th. There is also a federal team of 30 people, representing different organizations."

In January, Tallinn played host to a conference of the “Let’s Do It!” movement, a conference that brought together public leaders from 40 countries. Tatyana Kargina says that the Russian delegation was accorded a very warm welcome. Everyone realized that Russia is a country of vast expanses, hence the complexity of organizational tasks. But then, appeals by the movement meet with widespread response in Russia. The website of the movement “Let’s Do It! All-Russia Cleanup-2012” features numerous comments like this: “I support it one hundred percent. There is no end of spontaneous waste deposits, with tremendous amount of garbage there. I’d love to leave in a clean and tidy country. But for this to happen, the population needs to make a quantum leap in consciousness”.

We use any opportunity to attract as many supporters as possible, Tatyana Kargina says, and elaborates. 

"We normally reach agreement with major social networks, such as the Live Journal. We are currently in the stage of preparation. And we are happy to get in touch with any source of information, to say nothing of such a source as the Voice of Russia."

The movement “Let’s Do It!” dreams about inspiring citizens of the entire world to join the World Cleanup-2012. This would help renovate and clean the planet, and promote international understanding.

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