HELMEPA and “Let’s Cleanup Europe” Campaign, 3 May – 3 June 2019
The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA, National Coordinator of this pan-European Campaign, invites us all, youngsters and adults, to take part in this year’s initiative and to express our environmental sensitivity by organizing a symbolic cleanup.
We all know that every year, millions of tons of plastics and other litter pollute our seas, beaches, rivers, forests and other urban or natural areas. This is primarily due to the lack of proper waste management practices but also because of our attitude towards the problem, our indifference and maybe the ignorance of the impacts on our own life.
Aiming to project the serious problem of waste pollution and the need to prevent it, for the 6th consecutive year, the “Let’s Cleanup Europe” Campaign will be held in Greece from 3 May to 3 June 2019.
The invitation is addressed to students, parents, teachers, Port Authorities, Municipal and Regional Authorities, companies, Embassies, environmental organizations, nature conservation societies, scuba-diving clubs, nautical and sailing clubs, local associations and volunteer groups.
Last year, the Campaign mobilized more than 800,000 volunteers in Europe, while in Greece 7,750 volunteers participated in 187 cleanup events, collecting 16 tonnes of waste, 4 of which were recycled by the Hellenic Recovery-Recycling Corporation (HE.R.R.Co.).
This year’s Campaign is also an ideal opportunity to make our message be heard loudly at the local, national and European level; that is that we care about the environment and that we have high expectations from our elected representatives.
The call is for interested parties to either organize their own cleanup of a nearby beach, lakefront, park, forest or neighbourhood, or participate in one of the scheduled activities. All actions are registered on the interactive map on HELMEPA’s website at the link http://helmepa.gr/en/helmepa-voluntary-cleanups/, where useful advise, the online registration form and the special Trash Data forms are also found. By filling in these forms, volunteers contribute to the scientific study of the problem, thus providing valuable data on the quantities, types and origin of the waste. These data are processed by HELMEPA and sent to competent national and international bodies for further use.
Children and cleanup coordinators will receive Commemorative Diplomas by HELMEPA.
Further information, at HELMEPA’s Environmental Awareness Sector, tel. 210 9343088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.