Saturday, September 17, 2005

Cleaning up the World

The Environmental Safety Group organising Gibraltar's Clean up the World Campaign this weekend, 18th and 19th September 2005
The major clean-up taking place in Gibraltar this weekend will be echoed in communities across the globe as the ‘Clean up the World’ campaign kicks into full gear.

The people who have volunteered their time to help clean up sites around the Rock will form part of a worldwide effort that has at its heart the ethos ‘Think Globally, Act Locally.’

Millions of volunteers around the world will this weekend take to their local parks, waterways, streets and forests in a bid to clean up the environment and promote sustainable living.

UNEP Executive Director Klaus ToepferClean up the World recognizes the importance of the environment to our everyday lives,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.

“The environmental awareness that is growing worldwide—from the grassroots to governments—is due in no small way to the efforts of organizations such as Clean Up the World.

At the heart of the campaign is a simple message: what we do matters.
“We all can—and must—take responsibility for our actions, and take the future of our planet into our own hands.

In 2005 the ‘Clean Up the World’ campaign is promoting “Green Cities, Green Communities” in support of the United Nations Environment Programme’s theme “Green Cities - Plan for the Planet!”

This theme is significant as the 21st century marks the first time in human history that the majority of the world’s population will live in urban areas.

UNEP said in a statement yesterday that 625 members, mobilising over 35 million volunteers from 115 countries, will take part in this year’s ‘Clean Up the World Weekend.’

The campaign has grown steadily since the inaugural event in 1993 and has recorded an estimated 18% increase in participation this year. Activities will range from cleaning up small villages to overhauling entire countries. Across many regions communities will also implement recycling and educational programmes.

Ian Kiernan - Chairman and Founder of 'Clean up the World'“Clean Up the World is an outstanding example of sustainable development in action with so many of our volunteers creating greener cities and communities for us all to live in,” said Ian Kiernan, Chairman and Founder of Clean up the World.
“Our volunteers transcend geographical, religious and political barriers to clean up, fix up and conserve our precious environment.”

Related Article and Links:

Environmental Safety Group (ESG)

15 September 2005 - Only 48 hours to go to Gibraltar's 'Clean up the World' weekend

Clean up the World International Organisation

15 September 2005 - Ministry for the Environment pleased to support the ESG's 'Clean up the World' weekend

26 August 2005 - ESG requests volunteers for the 'Clean up the World' weekend in September

View ESG Images in our Gibraltar Pictures Gallery


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