Government to support World Cleanup Day with €250,000 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) participating in World Cleanup Day. Sept. 21, 2019.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) participating in World Cleanup Day. Sept. 21, 2019. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

The government is to support September's annual World Cleanup Day event, to the tune of €250,000.

According to the decision of the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Finance must prepare a corresponding application, which the government can then approve.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said that World Cleanup Day, which started in Estonia as "Teeme ära" several years ago before expanding globally, is the world's largest civic movement, involving millions of people worldwide since 2012.

"World Cleanup Day in Estonia has turned into a brand of ours, which sends a strong message to other countries to cooperate in creating a cleaner environment all around the world. The government considers it very important that the program continues," Ratas said.

This year, World Cleanup Day will take place on September 19. Unlike in previous years, many countries are deploying individual efforts or "digital cleaning", as an alternative, due to the spread of the coronavirus.

World Cleanup Day is organized and managed by MTÜ Let's Do It World.

Last year, 21.2 million people from 180 countries took part in World Cleanup Day, which spans a 24-hour period to reflect all the world's time zones.

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