Volunteers and environmental activists all over the globe have started a litter-picking initiative to remove trash dumped worldwide by gearing up with nets, bin bags and other tools to scour coasts and clean up beaches following a global international climate protest, AFP reported on Saturday September 21st.
The effort is run by campaigners who announced the globally-recognised World Cleanup Day, highlighting the significance of the issue of pollution through demonstrations and activities calling for urgent action on the environmental crisis.
According to World Cleanup Day, over 10 million volunteers already have taken part in the cleanup events, which started in Fiji and will conclude in Hawaii. Most participants from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa have reported finishing their cleanups, and other participants in Latin America and the USA are about to start. The global initiative has been embraced by young people.
The cleanup action, organised by the global NGO Let's Do It World, attracted over 18 million participants in 157 countries in 2018, raising awareness towards eliminating waste damaging the planet.
"Garbage is a global problem, and it affects all the people in the world. It knows no state borders," said the organisation's president Heidi Solba in a statement.
The event comes during a time where the world is focused on environmental awareness. On Saturday, environmental activist Greta Thunberg kicked off a week of climate action during a climate summit at the United Nations.
World Cleanup Day has chosen Pristina, Kosovo as the global centre of action for this year. According to their website, the idea has been to rotate the World Cleanup Day coordination responsibility among the network of members to allow each to improve the global action and have a chance to lead this event. However, due to security precautions, the event has been postponed in Afghanistan until further notice.
"There is a change in momentum... due to your initiative and to the courage, with which you have started these movements", said United Nations chief Antonio Guterres in a meeting with young activists in New York.
Recent UN reports in 2018 have indicated that plastics are rarely reused or properly destroyed and other initiatives should be planned to curb use.