What is Let’s Do It! Cyprus?
Let’s do it! Cyprus is part of the Let’s do it World! Campaign, a global clean-up campaign that aims to rid the natural areas of the world of rubbish. At the same time, it is probably the largest volunteer program ever organized in the world. For the period 2012-2017, Cyprus was the 2nd country in the production of waste in Europe with this percentage remaining at dangerously high levels even today.
What is the purpose of the campaign and why is it so important?
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and active participation of the public in issues related to the protection, conservation and sustainable management of the terrestrial and marine environment in Cyprus. The Let’s Do It! campaign has been active in Cyprus since 2012, counting over 180 thousand volunteers, and freeing Cyprus from tons of garbage found on the streets, in the cities and in the natural habitat of Cyprus! The “Let’s Do It! Cyprus” Campaign is the largest environmental action taking place on our island.
What are the measurable results of the campaign so far?
We are aiming to engage 6% of the country’s population which is equivalent to 50,000 people and break the 2019’s record of 49.560 volunteers which equals to 5.5% of the country’s population.
2020’s Campaign taught us that in order to be efficient we need to adapt and find new ways to protect the environment and inspire people. Unlike most countries who cancelled their clean-ups we decided to continue with emphasis on personal responsibility. More than 400 teams gathered between the 26th of October -1st of November to clean up the whole of Cyprus, gathering 60 tons of mixed garbage and 45 tons of recycled garbage, all while following the state’s safety measures for the prevention of Covid-19. The 2020 campaign is also different in the sense that it will continue to run all the way until our next campaign in 2021, with people picking up garbage and wanting to make a change on the island.
Who are we?
Since 2107, the Together Cyprus family has officially taken the lead of the Let’s Do It! Cyprus campaign. Every year, in addition to the Commissioner for the Environment and the Commissioner for Volunteering and NGOs we also have the Forestry Department, the Union of Communities, the Union of Municipalities, the Pedagogical Institute and the Cyprus Scout Corps, among others, who actively participate in the campaign.
In addition to the organizing team, Let’s Do It! Cyprus could not be realized without the valuable support of our sponsors who stand by our side every year and help us realize our dream of a cleaner Cyprus. Finally, Let’s Do It! Cyprus consists of all the people of Cyprus, our volunteers who love their country and generously offer their time and energy only in exchange for a more beautiful and healthy island.