This past Saturday, September 21, an estimated 20 million people across 179 countries and territories participated in World Cleanup Day, with nearly two million participants in the U.S. for National Cleanup Day. Commencing the day after an estimated four million people, predominantly youth, participated in a global climate strike, World Cleanup Day and National Cleanup Day continued to build on the momentum of greater action in the face of the climate crisis.
Around the world, participants of all ages and backgrounds tackled out-of-control waste, educated others on the perils of single-use plastic and encouraged individuals and governments to change behavior and policies regarding consumption and waste.
In addition to Let’s Do It World, the organization behind World Cleanup Day, countless participating groups from Saturday’s cleanups will be participating in Earth Day Network’s Great Global Cleanup campaign in support of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020.
“The tremendous increase in volunteers shows that people are taking pride in their local communities. They are proof that we can make a difference, by just picking up just one piece of litter and have fun doing it,” said Bill Willoughby, co-founder of National CleanUp Day.
“In 2020, we will partner with more cities, land managers, and non-profits. Let’s show everyone how proud we are” said Steve Jewett, co-founder of the non-profit National CleanUp Day.
Across 11 time zones and 70 regions in Russia, tens of thousands of volunteers in the world’s largest landmass country participated in community cleanups. “We share a common goal, which is sustainable cleanliness … And that is why this year we are inviting everyone to hold cleanups not only on natural territories [but everywhere that waste is found], said Anastasia Nikulina, the coordinator for Let’s Do It World! – Russia, in a statement. (Photo Credit: Let’s Do It World – Russia)