By Constantinos Psillides
ENVIRONMENT Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and municipalities across the island are seeking volunteers to take part in the “Let’s do it Cyprus!”, an island wide clean-up event scheduled to take place on April 6.
In a press release, the Environment Commissioner says that over 100 local authorities, 56 organisations and 16 government departments expressed interest in joining the campaign, which aims at cleaning-up the island in one day.
According to the Commissioner’s office, over 5,000 people have already volunteered.
“Our goal is to have as many volunteers as possible, so our message can reach the whole island,” said Panayiotou. “We need the help and participation of everyone. So we can clean up Cyprus in a day and keep it clean for ever.”
The “Let’s do it Cyprus!” is a part of the “Let’s do it World” clean-up campaign, which originated in Estonia. In 2008, Estonians organised a country wide campaign action and collected 10, 000 tons of waste by more than 50,000 volunteers in one day.
Following Estonia’s lead many countries also started their own country clean-up events. Today more than 100 countries, according to the press release, have joined the clean-up campaign.
Cyprus joined the “Let’s do it” movement in 2012, organising an event in which over 4,000 volunteers gathered 20 tons of garbage, according to figures provided by the organisers.
“Cyprus is considered a country littered with garbage. Cypriots produce 2 kg of garbage per capita daily, placing our island on the number one spot of the per capita production board amongst EU countries,” the commissioner said. “According to 2010 statistics, the annual per capita waste production for Cyprus was 691 kg. This is a reality we have to change.”
People interested in volunteering should contact the organisers by calling 70009055, via e-mail at [email protected] or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsDoItCyprus. Volunteers will be informed whether their local authority is part of the campaign and the location of their designated clean-up site.