Let’s Do It! is a civic-lead, social mass movement that came to life in Estonia ten years ago. At the time, the country faced problems with litter similar to those that Vietnam is currently facing. Their beautiful native forests were being used as illegal dumping grounds for every type of garbage imaginable, and the country was left with a problem they were unsure how to solve.
A group of volunteers came up with a bold, ambitious plan to make change in just a single day, not only to the environment, but to the very idea that littering and dumping of garbage was acceptable in society. They set about mapping the extent and location of illegal waste around the country and on the 3rd of May, 2008, almost 5% of the country’s population came together to collect 10,000 tons of waste in just five short hours.
The phenomenal achievement caught the attention of the region’s media and the idea spread quickly, first to Lithuania, then Latvia, Slovenia, Portugal, and Serbia, and then a new ambitious plan was born – why not clean up the whole world? Imagine a powerful “green wave” starting in Japan and ending in Hawaii with hundreds of millions of people taking positive action together on the very same day.
A date was set, September 8, 2018, for World Clean Up Day. So far, 113 countries and over 16 million people have joined forces to clean up their local environments. Vietnam’s Let’s Do It teams have worked closely with Clean Up Vietnam and is leading the effort in tackling the country’s littering and illegal waste problems.
Not only is the Vietnamese team organising local clean ups throughout the country, but they are also working hard to educate people about the importance of disposing of waste responsibly and taking pride in the local environment. But more than this, they want to be part of a global community, united in implementing real change and creating a clean and healthy planet, for this generation and those to come.
Let’s Do It! goal is to have 150 countries and 5% of the world’s population stand up against the global garbage problem and make a real change on a single day, making it the biggest positive social action the world has ever seen. This number represents the estimated amount of people necessary to create lasting change and go beyond just one day of incredible activism.
Clean Up Vietnam will host their annual Clean Up Vietnam Day at the start of April this year. Last year they had close to 5,000 volunteers out cleaning up for the event. This year they hope to double this with over 10,000 people out to support their local community.
They realise they are going to need help. If you would like to be part of this national and global change by organising a clean-up with friends and colleagues or joining another group, they encourage you to get in touch with them. Both Let’s Do It! and Clean Up Vietnam have teams throughout the country. Contact them via their Facebook pages.