World Cleanup Day on September 15th 2018, united 18 million people across 157 countries and territories for the biggest waste collection day in human history. An epic 36-hour green wave of cleanups across the globe – beginning in New Zealand and traveling around the world before ending in Hawaii.
This year’s World Cleanup Day will take place on September 19th 2020. – On that day volunteers and partners worldwide again will come together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of everyday people to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between disparate communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens, to businesses, to government.
A world changing idea with a humble beginning
The movement was born in 2018 in Estonia, when 4% of the population came out to clean the entire country of illegally dumped waste, in a matter of hours. This captured the imagination of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one day’ formula.
11 years later, the simple idea has grown into a global movement with millions of volunteers and charismatic leaders. The simple act of cleaning has become a force that binds together people and groups that would otherwise never dream of working towards the same goal. Civil society, governments and global corporations, women in Saudi Arabia, people defying war in Yemen and Syria, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Christians, men and women, children.
In 2018, Curaçao also joined the World Cleanup Day initiative by forming a local team of caring and committed volunteers and partner organizations with one common goal “A Cleaner Curaçao”. Behind the scenes, the following companies, ministries and individuals are working together again this year, to organize this nationwide event: Curaçao Clean Up, Curaçao Cares, Coca-Cola Curaçao, Clean Caribbean Coalition; MRC; Dive Curaçao, Curious2Dive, Federashon Otrobanda; Maarten Schakel, Raoul Hoofdman, Selikor, the Ministry of Health, Environment & Nature and the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Wellness.