Two of the world’s largest environmental organisations to tackle the problem of mismanaged waste together in 2020

27 January

Two of the world’s biggest global environmental organisations – Let’s Do It World and Earth Day Network signed a collaboration agreement to tackle the global mismanaged waste problem with a stronger force than ever. 

To mark its 50th anniversary, Earth Day Network is organising the Great Global Cleanup encouraging all citizens to host a cleanup in April 2020. The aim is to pick up at least one billion pieces of trash. The Great Global Cleanup will take place across the USA and the world, supported by Let’s Do It World.

The two organisations hope to engage millions of people worldwide with their concerted efforts for a cleaner world. Let’s Do It World network, which has been involved in organising cleanups since 2008, welcomes this collaboration and the Earth Day Network’s desire to join the global cleanup family. 

Heidi Solba, the President of Let’s Do It World and Head of its Global Network expressed the urgent need for this collaboration: “We have realised that cleaning the world by ourselves is not enough – we need to work with other like-minded organisations, with the public as well as private sector. The problem of mismanaged waste affects us all and only together can we draw attention to it and find solutions towards a more sustainable world based on the circular economy model.”

“Plastic and other types of pollution and waste challenge every community every day,” added Earth Day President Kathleen Rogers, “contaminating our oceans, clogging our drains, causing floods, spreading disease, transmitting respiratory infections and killing wildlife; and low-income communities suffer the worst impacts. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re working to build a world in which every person can live in a clean healthy community with the help of Let’s Do It World.”

World Cleanup Day is the largest civic action against mismanaged waste and has attracted millions globally. The next World Cleanup Day takes place on 19 September 2020. Let’s Do It World, the organisation behind this worldwide event is hoping to double the number of participants, which last year stood at 21,2 million people in 180 countries. World Cleanup Day will be coordinated from Let’s Do It World headquarters in Estonia.

The agreement, which was signed at the annual Let’s Do It World Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, sets out the goals of the collaboration, strategy and plans for both organisations. The exact details of how Earth Day Network and Let’s Do It World will collaborate for World Cleanup Day will be ironed out later this year.

The Let’s Do It World Conference was 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. 

This 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
katrin.winter@ldiw.org