Lend your local community a helping hand this Saturday
Community activities day Let's do it! takes place across Estonia on May 2.
Let's do it! campaign has been taking place in different forms since 2008, when over 50,000 Estonians come together to clean the country from illegal waste. Since 2010, the focus has been on more localized issues - every community or organization can decide for themselves what needs to be done and ask others to join in.
All the local projects (talgud in Estonian) are registered at Teeme Ära! website, where people can also sign up for them. By Thursday afternoon there were 1,733 actions, which nearly 22,000 people said they will attend. Those who do not have time to register should not worry, walk-ins are always encouraged too.
In 2014, the day saw 1,754 different actions taking place all over Estonia, with around 45,000 participants.
The main purpose of the day is the contribution to the civil society in Estonia by promoting active attitude, strengthening local communities and supporting the development of local leaders.
"You do not need to invent a new high-tech tool to change the world. The experience of The Day of Civil Actions shows that there is also no need for tens of thousands of Euros to change Estonian living environment - it is enough to have tens of thousands of Estonians who care," said the initiator of the Estonian action, Tarmo Tüür.
Since its success in Estonia, the Let's do it! campaign has gone global. Last weekend, more than half a million people took part in the cleanups in Ukraine, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Cyprus. The cleanups in Malta, Turkey, Croatia and Italy are scheduled for May 9.