Over 40,000 volunteers participating in “Let’s do it Cyprus!”

With participations so far reaching 43,000 volunteers, Let’s do it Cyprus! is set to begin on Sunday, April 29, in Nicosia, to clean up Cyprus for yet another year.

Let’s do it Cyprus! began participating in the international campaign in 2012, with about 4,000 volunteers, reaching 35,500 in 2017.

Anyone wishing to join the campaign can submit their participation online at www.letsdoitcyprus.com or send the form by fax to 22400176 or by email to info@letsdoitcyprus.com. For information, those interested can call 70005022.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, held at Cyta headquarters in Nicosia, with which this year’s campaign was officially launched, Commissioner for the Environment Ioanna Panayiotou said Let’s do it Cyprus! is part of the Let’s do it World! campaign, an international cleaning campaign, aiming at removing litter from nature. It is the largest voluntary programme, mobilising citizens, that has ever been organised in the world.

Panayiotou noted that the idea was born in 2008 in Estonia and today over 100 countries take part in Let’s do it World!, including Cyprus.

This campaign, she added, is the largest voluntary action that takes place in Cyprus.

Our aim is for the participation of as many volunteers as possible, so that our message can reach the whole of Cyprus and be heard loudly throughout the world through ‘Let’s do it World!’, which organises many actions all year round, in which Cyprus and the ‘Together’ group participate, she said.

Panayiotou noted that the success of the campaign for cleaning up Cyprus in one day depends on volunteerism and the love of the people for the environment and Cyprus.

In all issues, the participation of the civil society and voluntary service are important elements for the success of any civil action. The battle to protect the environment is a battle in favour of the future of the Earth, in favour of our future and that of our children, it is a battle for life, she added.

Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations Yiannis Yiannaki, addressing the press conference, said that the quality of the citizens of today and tomorrow is environmental, and noted that this campaign aims at sending the message that the environment and its protection concerns everyone.

We will see once again that we, Cypriots, unfortunately pollute the environment. We will also see once again tonnes of rubbish, which all these volunteers will gather, and we will see how we, the people, pollute our environment. The protection of the environment is not a world day, it is not just one day, but must become a way of living. Cultivating a culture, environmental awareness concerns us all, he said.

Yiannaki noted that the world environment campaign Let’s do it!, organised in Cyprus by the Commissioner for the Environment and Together Cyprus, in cooperation with the Office of the Commissioner for Volunteerism, the Forestry Department, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities, and the Union of Cyprus Communities, with the civil society as their ally, and with the support of sponsors, has managed in a few years to mobilise over 40,000 citizens, both organised and not.

We want this society to have environmental awareness, apart from voluntary service, which is truly on the rise, he added.

Deputy CEO of Cyta Michalis Achilleos said that the environment belongs to everyone and its protection is everyone’s responsibility, noting that it was in this context that Cyta participated and supported the campaign, as one of its main sponsors.

In order to become a zero-waste organisation, we have set as a priority to adopt political measures and projects for effective and proper waste management, for the sustainable use of resources and the prevention of environmental degradation. The efforts to reduce the effects on the environment caused by the operation of our organisation, from planning and producing products, which are sent to the market, to the use and disposal of any materials by our customers, is continuous, he added.

Let’s do it Cyprus! campaign coordinator, from Together Cyprus, Andreas Angeli explained the aims of this year’s campaign, noting that Let’s do it! is the largest voluntary programme and civil movement ever organised in the world.

Angeli thanked the Commissioner for the Environment, the Commissioner for Volunteerism, the Union of Municipalities, the Union of Communities, the Forestry Department, the Pedagogical Institute, the Cyprus Scouts, the Red Cross, and the sponsors, for their contribution in organising this year’s campaign.

The report is in the context of the project Rethink: Reduce- Reuse � Recycle which is funded by the EU programme LIFE+ (project code: LIFE13 INF/CY/000910) of the EU. Coordinating Beneficiary: CyBC. Partners: Green Dot Cyprus, Department of Environment, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, CNA, Fost Plus Belgium

Source: Cyprus News Agency