As of early morning on May 6, the website of Teeme Ära (Let’s do it) listed 2,103 actions in which more than 26,000 people are planning to take part. The movement calls on citizens and residents once a year to contribute to cleaning up the environment.
According to the organizers, anyone is welcome to help, also anyone who didn’t register and who decides to participate only today Saturday. As Tarmo Tüür says, one of the main activists behind the movement, this year’s efforts are shaping up to be bigger again than in some of the last years.
“The number of actions listed goes far beyond last year’s, and the registration of participants continued well into Friday evening, so it looks like there’s going to be a very active day,” Tüür said.
According to the state weather service, the weather will be mostly sunny without any precipitation, the temperature is expected to be between 8 and 13°C, even reaching 16° in South Estonia.
The organizers as well as the Rescue Board are asking all participants to stick to the safety directions, especially when building fires, and where work is done close to water or in risky conditions.
Teeme Ära began in 2008, when more than 50,000 volunteers removed more than 10,000 tons of garbage from Estonia’s forests within just a few hours. According to its organizers, a similar effort would have taken the government several years and cost well over €20 million.
The event has since been repeated annually, and spread to other countries as well.
Would you like to participate? Last-minute help is welcome. Check out the movement's website for an overview of the actions planned for 2017 (link in Estonian).
Editor: Dario Cavegn