“One day. One planet. One goal. Millions of people in 150 countries united to clean up our world, in the biggest civic action in human history that took place on September 15th, 2018.”
On 15 September, volunteers and partners worldwide will came together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
World Cleanup Day showed us the power of how everyday people can 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 business, to government.
The movement was born 10 years ago 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 imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one day’ formula.
This was the beginning of a global bottom-up civic movement, Let’s Do It! World, which has spread like wildfire around the globe. The movement has grown to be the biggest of its kind in the world – uniting people from all corners of the planet to work together in cleaning the world of trash. But, the Let’s Do It! movement has never been purely about cleaning up trash. It also works to raise global awareness and implement lasting changes to end the global waste epidemic, once and for all. As Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, World Cleanup Day 2018 was the country’s gift to the world.
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 worked together 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.