Cyprus Mail

‘Let’s do it’ aims to clean up island’s rubbish

By Evie Andreou

THE annual “Let’s do it Cyprus!” Event, where volunteers join forces to clean areas across the island, will take place this year on Sunday, April 26, Environment commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou announced.

This is part of the “Let’s do it World!” campaign where more than 100 countries take part with a mission is to rid nature reserves worldwide of garbage and “it is the biggest volunteer programme ever organised in the world”.

The idea was born in Estonia in 2008, where 50,000 volunteers “managed to clean the whole country in five hours” and gathered 10,000 tonnes of garbage from roads, forests, beaches and cities.

“The participation of the state, local government, organised groups, volunteer organisations, the media and the public is crucial since the campaign’s success is based on volunteerism and on everyone’s love for the environment and our island”, the Commissioner said.

Last year, more than 9,000 volunteers were mobilised and collected 25 tonnes of rubbish from the countryside and parks, which had exceeded expectations, Panayiotou said.

The campaign, which is under the auspices of the Environment commissioner, is co-organised by the Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation and the office of the Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations.

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