Let’s Do It World Conference 2020 brings together global cleanup leaders, world’s leading environmental organisations and partners to agree on a common agenda

23 January 2019

On the 21st of September 2019, 21,2 million people in 180 countries and territories cleaned up 100 thousand tons of waste from their communities, parks, forests, rivers and oceans. The millions of volunteers were led by national cleanup leaders, environmental organisations and global corporations, who have all decided to act for a cleaner, more sustainable planet.

250 of these leaders, organisations and partners will meet in Tallinn, Estonia from 23 to 26 January to set a common agenda, seek for innovative ways towards a circular economy and share experiences. 

The annual conference organised by Let’s Do It World (LDIW) – the organisation behind World Cleanup Day – comes at a crucial time when the environment and the climate crisis is a top priority for ordinary citizens as well as world leaders. LDIW, with its vast network of active leaders and organisations, is at the forefront of bringing global attention to the issues around improper waste management. The organisation is known for its ability to engage millions in cleanups, thus raising awareness and urging people to take action and change their behaviour when it comes to consuming as much as they can. 

LDIW has been actively engaging all spheres of society, including those who are seen as the biggest polluters. Heidi Solba, President and Head of Network for LDIW Explains: “We are an inclusive organisation with one aim: a cleaner world. In order to achieve that, we cannot leave anyone aside, including global corporations. We choose to work together with all stakeholders to find solutions for a sustainable, green and healthy planet. At the end of the day, the state of the environment concerns everyone from a single individual to multinational companies.” 

This year’s conference includes a whole day for partners – how to involve them, how to avoid greenwashing and how to find a common agenda and act on it. Solba further explained: “We know that there are going to be some difficult discussions between cleanup leaders and partners. But our network has shown the willingness to work together and businesses are starting to show real concern for the environment, and as we can see from the last World Cleanup Day, act on their words.”

Delegates from every continent are represented at the Conference and the packed agenda is full of constructive discussions with policymakers, with those implementing policy and of course, civic society organisations. A new part at this year’s conference is the Impact Hackathon, where LDIW leaders present their green ideas and receive help from the LDIW network and specialists to bring their ideas to life. 

Fascinating cleanup stories from across the world will be told. Delegates from Indonesia, USA, Pakistan and India will share how they brought out millions of people in their countries; the Cambodian cleanup leader will share his experience with getting the government involved, the Italian leader will speak of how he engaged the infamous fashion industry and cleanup leader from the Arctic will tell the delegates how trash ended up so far from civilisation. 

The full Conference programme is available on the website and several discussions can be followed live on Facebook and Instagram.

The Conference is supported by the European Regional Fund through Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Foundation for Civil Society, British Council in Estonia, Baltic American Freedom Foundation, the Harman Foundation and many more.

The attendance of Earth Day representatives at the Let’s Do It World Conference made possible by funding from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF). For more information about BAFF scholarships and speaker support, visit www.balticamericanfreedomfoundation.org

Let’s Do It World and World Cleanup Day Global Media Contact
Katrin Winter
Head of Communications

+372 5594 9512