World Cleanup Day 2019 will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21st by over 18 million volunteers in 157 countries. “World Cleanup Day is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting 157 countries across the world for a cleaner planet.” (World Cleanup Day) The goal to clean our planet crosses borders and defies cultural and religious differences. It is a day to come together to make a difference in the health of our planet Earth.
World Cleanup Day 2019—The Power of Everyday People
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef.
This quote from Chef Anne Marie Bonneau rings true regarding World Cleanup Day 2019. While zero waste might be the ultimate goal for your family, it is not achievable for many; however trying your best to make a difference and reduce waste in your own way is exactly what the world needs.
For every pan of grease you don’t rinse down the kitchen sink, for every plastic bag you don’t use from the grocery store, for every piece of trash you pick up on your walk—you are making a difference, you are working towards change. World Cleanup Day is rooted in change—changing the way we come together to accomplish a single global goal.
The world changing idea of World Cleanup Day began in the small northern European country of Estonia in 2008. “50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours. On that day, a global bottom-up civic movement was born and spread like wildfire around the globe. This captured the imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula.” (World Cleanup Day)
Making a Difference Starts at Home
World Cleanup Day 2019 is also about education. It is about sharing good habits and tips on how you can reduce waste in your own life. Did you know that…
- …each month over 540 gallons of grease slip down major city drains?
- …100 million gallons of oil are dumped illegally each year?
The goal of FOG Safe is to show people that cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) disposal matters and changing the way to dispose of it can make a difference to your neighborhood, city, local environment and the world. The less cooking FOG that makes its way into the environment and our fresh water supplies through sewer overflows, the healthier our planet.
This World Cleanup Day we challenge you to take one action or vow to change one habit that will be beneficial for our planet. Let’s work together for a healthier Earth.
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