The Clean-Up the World Day is a global environmental event that is commemorated every third weekend of September. Since the first campaign in 1993, Clean up the World has inspired an estimated 35 million volunteers in over 100 countries each year to take action for the environment. Clean up the World promotes community action as the key to long-term environmental change. The campaign welcomes involvement from all nations and participating organizations range from individual groups working independently within their local community, to national initiatives carried out by diverse groups.
Local groups and organizations are supported to plan and conduct various activities to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. As such the Clean-up the World weekend provides a platform for collective environmental action by millions of people across the world. It also serves as a celebration of achievements attained throughout the year by diverse stakeholders. This rejuvenates public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier environment.
The theme for this year is “beat plastic pollution” This theme is advancing the ongoing campaign on anti-littering and ridding the environment of plastic waste. This year clean up the world is seeking to unite the world for a one massive cleanup on 15th September making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Much of 2018 has been and will continue to be devoted to mopping up and cleaning plastic and other forms of waste from the environment. The focus will also be on awareness and debate about sustainable waste solutions worldwide. As such the Clean-up the World weekend provides a platform for collective environmental action by millions of people across the world. It also serves as a celebration of achievements attained throughout the year by diverse stakeholders.
This rejuvenates public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier world. By promoting their achievements internationally, Clean up the World focuses public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier world. Groups, organizations, schools and businesses from communities around the world unite on Clean up the World Weekend to take action at a local level to address global environmental issues. In Kenya, clean up the world will be marked in the back drop of the plastic bag ban that took effect on the 28th August 2017 and which is in its first year of implementation.
This day will therefore serve as a celebration for Kenya in its achievement of the major milestone that has been hailed as a success all over the world. It will also provide an opportunity for the country to reevaluate the strategies used to implement the ban in order to address the various challenges that have been witnessed so far. The event will therefore create a very opportune platform for Kenyans to appreciate the import of the ban and the impact it has had on the environment. Kenya will join the Let’s Do It, a world global civic movement whose mission is to connect and empower people and organizations around the world to make our planet waste free. As a country, a clean and healthy environment ensures good health for the citizens and therefore directly contributing to the universal health care as stipulated in the government’s big 4 Agenda. This day aims at uniting against illegal waste, organizing a one-day national cleanup by bringing together different stakeholders for one positive cause – a clean Kenya.
Mombasa County has been proposed to host the national event on the 15th September 2018. Several build up activities have been planned to make the event a success.
Build up Activities
- Sub County Cleanup activities from 10th September 2018 – 12th September 2018 in all 6 Sub Counties. The cleanup will involve residents in their respective areas and common areas that need special attention like markets.
- A Women’s caucus on 13th September 2018, to recognize and sensitize the important role that women play in waste management. The forum will be attended by women leadership within the Mombasa County as well as community leaders, women professionals, opinion leaders, mama mbogas etc. The main theme of the forum will be ‘Possible solutions to waste management – from a woman’s perspective’.
- International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) - This annual event takes place every 3rd Saturday of September, and this year it coincides with the National Cleanup day. In a bid to accord them the annual support, we have combined efforts to mark the National Cleanup day including their activities.