'Let's Do It' Expands to Mediterranean
Volunteers cleaning public space as part of the 'Let's Do It' civic initiative
( Photo: Postimees/Scanpix )
The grassroots campaign “Let's do it” - which originated in Estonia but is spreading quickly to other countries - was a key topic of discussion during the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly's meeting on energy, environment and water in Vienna on November 29 and 30.
Representatives from France to Israel expressed their support for expanding the civic action started by environmentalists in 2008 that brought together tens of thousands of volunteers to spend a day cleaning up the countryside in Estonia.
Since its beginning, several other countries have adopted the project under the same name to protect the environment, improve waste management and raise environmental awareness.
European Parliament has lent its support to the initiative calling on all European citizens to carry out the biggest cleanup of all time in their respective countries next year - an event that organizers say will draw millions of volunteers worldwide.
“Waste management is a global problem, regardless of which country we live in. “Let’s do it” helps build bridges between people and nations. In the name of a common goal, it helps us overcome our differences whether religious, cultural or political,” said Imre Sooäär, head of the Estonian delegation.
A report on the “Let’s do it” project will be presented at the organization's plenary meeting in Morocco in March 2012.