The action “Let's clean the planet from garbage”, which later received the status of a worldwide one, was first held in September 1993 by the inhabitants of Australia - they massively came out to clean up ocean beaches. Gradually, other countries joined the campaign, and today millions of volunteers from 100 countries around the world are already participating in it.
Residents of different continents specifically allocate a week in September to arrange the collection and sorting of garbage in their hometown or go to some other place on the planet for environmental purposes. In many cities, educational events are held on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling. People clear garbage from recreation areas, beaches, forest parks and reservoirs, suburban areas and rivers, hold campaigns “There is no way for waste”, “Park instead of landfills”, “Attack on plastic”, plant trees, arrange exhibitions, concerts and press conferences.
The relevance of the action "Let's clean the planet from garbage" has especially increased in recent years. Every year, humanity is becoming more and more a “consumer society”. For each inhabitant of the Earth, on average, about 20 tons of raw materials are spent per year, most of which (up to 97%) goes to waste, which gives rise to mountains of garbage, already nicknamed "monsters of the 21st century." They frighten not only by their scale, but also by the potential danger that they pose to the health and life of living organisms, since they lead to pollution of groundwater and the spread of harmful gases.
The purpose of the global action "Let's Clean the Planet of Garbage" is to draw people's attention to the problems of environmental pollution and littering of the planet, as well as to develop their skills in managing the world around them and increase the level of environmental culture and literacy.
“Humanity will not perish in the atomic nightmare, it will suffocate in its own waste,” once said the famous physicist Niels Bohr. By organizing this and other similar worldwide environmental campaigns, environmentalists are doing their best to make sure that Bohr's words do not become prophetic ...