The Big Clean-up continues after the centenary of Latvia
Today on 28 March the month of the Big Clean-Up is opened – the time when the whole Latvia is getting ready for the cleaning up and arranging of the environment. This year’s Big Clean-up is going to take place on 28 April in the whole Latvia and the slogan is “Let’s change Latvia! Let’s change ourselves!” thus reminding that the changes are possible all around us we only have to wish them.
The meeting of coordinators and organizers, just like the Big Clean-up has become an annual tradition and possibility to meet in one place to share the vision and thoughts about a clean Latvia. During the event, the arrangers and supporters of the Clean-up pointed to the national meaning of the project by emphasising that cleaning-up has become an integral tradition of our country which must continue also after the centenary of Latvia.
When speaking to the organizers and supporters of the Big Clean-up, the state president – patron of the Big Clean-up Raimonds Vējonis emphasised that joint cleaning-up has justified itself. “During ten years of cleaning-up the Big Clean-up has gathered many thousands of inhabitants of Latvia who were active to promote clean and arranged Latvia. During the centenary of Latvia we can be proud with more tidy environment and arranged cities and municipalities in the whole Latvia. however, there is much to do to educate the society and change the habits. The have to act responsibly and learn how to use advisedly the environmentally the resources because the health and life quality of us and our children – the creators of the next centenary of Latvia – depends on our todays choices and action,” said the state president.
The head of Big Clean-up Vita Jaunzeme emphasised that the Big Clean-up has overcome its initial aims because it urges not only to collect, clean and green, but also to change the thinking of people. “If the aim ten years ago when starting the movement of the Big Clean-up was to collect the garbage from the environment, the aim of the future ten years is to achieve that through changing the thinking, legislation, habits, behaviour, there will be no waste and contamination at all in the environment. So the main thing is that out country has a clear priority and future tasks to follow – green economics, changes in the agriculture, serious investment in the science and technologies, health tourism, new nosiness, its support programs that would give possibilities for those people to return who have left, all that is connected with ecology and new technologies, green economics – all this could change our economy. We have to ha a future vision and we have to strive to it,” so the head of the Big Clean-up.
When thinking about the future the representative of AS “Latvijas valsts meži” Līga Abizāre was satisfied that the environmental education is included also in the school programs.
Also the manager of Riga Free Port – Ansis Zeltiņš is convinced that the Big Clean-up has already introduced some changes in the way if thinking of people. “10 years have passed since we changed ourselves together with the Big Clean-up – not to stand aside as observers, but to involve actively, not to stop at we have achieved, but to think and search what could be done even better. Both individually and as an organization – all together. And the cleaning-up is always about the cooperation, listening, learning one from each other. Every year it has had an additional value – new friends and like-minded persons. Whether they be members of environmental organizations, animal lovers and people living newt to the port with whom we have selected and planted trees, studied the birds living in the green territories of the port and made cages with them, arranged the adjacent territories, removed garbage from different water reservoirs. This year we are going to clean-up in Mangaļsala, tidy the port’s adjacent territories, pier area, and also in Sarkandaugava, continuing the started traditions to tidy some of territories next to the Riga Port at the residential areas together with the inhabitants,” said the manager of Rīgas Free Port.
But the team of environmental services company Clean R have started to compare this one day in a year with the professional Olympic games. “Every day when doing our job we are training, but on the day of Big Clean-up and several days after that mobilize all of our resources to take timely all this huge amount of garbage to the designated places. This year we’d like to emphasise especially the action with glass. Glass is the only material that even after a long time in the environment, subject to wind, rain, snow doesn’t lose its value of a raw material. All other materials lose it. Glass collected from a forest or lake coat can be recycled also after 5-10 thousand years. But if it remains in the nature, glass can break and hurt people and animals or even cause a fire. So this year we invite the coordinators and members of the Big Clean-up to try to collect glass separately from other waste during this Clean-up period,” invited Valerijs Stankevičs, Executive Director of the environment services company “Clean R”.
With the Big Clean-up every person in Latvia is asked to collaborate in the registration cleaning-up places by marking a site in the homepage www.talkas.lv that you plan to tidy on the day of Big Clean-up.
This year of people of Latvia are invited to vote for “green” Latvia that marks a new turning-point in the development of Big Clean-up. Within its framework, everyone after visiting www.parzalulatviju.lv can certify his/her will to create Latvia as a green, healthy and sustainable country.
Participation in the Big Clean-up 2018 is promoted riga free Port Administration and Latvia State Forests, and also the ministry of Defence and Regional Development Ministry, Latvian Environment Protection Fund, Association of Latvian Waste Management companies, “Clean R” and “DHL”. Informative support is provided by LNT, TV3, First Baltic channel, Latvian Radio 2, 1188 and the national information agency LETA. We also thank the translations agency “Language Tree” for the support.