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Foreign Ministry Supports Introduction of “Let’s Do It!” Trash Cleanup Campaign Globally

05.07.2013

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the introducing of the world cleanup campaign “Let’s Do It World Cleanup 2013 all across the globe. “By today this Estonian civic initiative has been met with enthusiasm and gained a lot of supporters, but there is still a lot we have to do to clean up the environment. A change will only come from focused action,” said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. 

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in many countries, garbage cleanup activities are closely tied to health care, the availability of clean water, and creating a dignified living environment in poorer areas. “Every ton of waste that is collected makes the environment cleaner and forces people to see how extensive and profound the problem is,” Paet said. “The trash cleanup campaign is a vivid example of a civic initiative and a small step towards establishing the principles of sustainable development,” he added.

The idea for a worldwide cleanup developed after a major cleanup event took place in Estonia in 2008. Today the “Let’s Do It!” cleanup campaign  has grown into an international world cleanup initiative that over 100 countries have joined. Within the framework of the world cleanup campaign “Let’s Do It World Cleanup 2012”, over 139 cleanup events took place all around the world.

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the Let’s Do It Foundation’s major project for this year, “World Cleanup 2013”, with 20 000 euros from its budget for development co-operation.

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