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Ian Kiernan's Welcome Message

Clean Up the World - Welcome to the global community!

This year the Clean Up the World Weekend is taking place on 15-17 September. You can however organise a clean up any day of the year!

Video transcription:

That was me in 1987. When I returned I had a new vision. I wanted to clean up my home country of Australia. I’d seen the devastating effects of rubbish and pollution on my voyage and decided it was time to take action.

In 1990 we ran the first national, community-based clean up day that is now part of the Australian calendar.

Clean Up Australia Day was so successful, that we decided to share this vision with the global community.

So in 1993, Clean Up the World was launched. We mobilised 30 million people in 80 countries, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme.

For more than 20 years, community groups around the globe have come together to take action. Their willingness to do something to help protect and care for their precious environments is fantastic.

2016 is Clean Up the World’s 24th year, which is pretty impressive. The campaign is now live, and ready and waiting for your registrations . So come and join us!

This year, together we will show that our local efforts have significant, global, environmental impacts.

Being a part of Clean Up the World is easy – your group simply joins as a member and organises an environmental activity.

Activities can include planting trees, cleaning parks or beaches, conserving water or running environmental awareness-raising and education initiatives – whatever you local need might be. You know best!

Anyone can take part - businesses, community groups, schools, governments or simply a group of people coming together.

Activities can take place on any day throughout the year, but can also be a part of Clean Up the World Weekend, taking place on the 18th to 20th of September.

We know it’s not always easy to take action. That’s why we’re here to help with information, materials and encouragement along the way.

We also want to hear from you about your activities. Tell us your stories of leadership in action and how you’ve inspired your supporters and volunteers to get on board.

To find out more about the Clean Up the World campaign and how to get your group involved, visit: www.cleanuptheworld.org

Welcome to the global Clean Up community!