Get up, get ready, get involved – the Big Cleanup is on 30 April!
This year, for the 15th time, the Big Clean-up will take place across Latvia. The Big Clean-up Day opened with inspiring speeches and songs at the Freedom Monument. Just like last year, this year’s clean-up participants are invited to take part in SOLO (including DUO and family) clean-ups, as well as public clean-ups and improvement clean-ups. This year’s theme is “Get up, get ready, get involved!”
The opening event of the Big Clean-up took place at the Freedom Monument. During the event, the Head of the Big Cleanup Vita Jaunzeme, the President of Latvia and patron of the Big Cleanup Egils Levits and Mrs Andra Levita, as well as the head of the Riga Young Technicians Centre “Green Foot” Indra Siksaliete and her students addressed the public with inspiring speeches. Conductor Ints Teterovskis and members of the youth choir “BALSIS” inspired the event with their songs.
Addressing the public, the President of Latvia emphasised that cleaning up is a part of Latvian identity, which is also confirmed by the Constitution: every person has a duty to take care of nature and the environment. “If we look at the history, folklore and culture of our people, they have always helped each other in the fields. It’s a tradition we’ve carried around the world – in more than 150 countries, our clean-up movement has taken root. Through this movement, we are contributing to other nations to take more care of their environment and nature. This is Latvia’s contribution to the world,” says Egils Levits, President of Latvia.
Vita Jaunzeme, the Head of the Big Cleanup, encourages: “Today is the 15th consecutive year of the Big Clean-up and a large part of society has grown up with this tradition. It is a real satisfaction that, despite the circumstances, the Big Clean-up remains an important date every year, when the whole of Latvia unites to do good deeds. May everyone today have the energy and inspiration to do their bit to move Latvia closer to its goal of being the cleanest and greenest country in the world!”
More than 1100 clean-up sites were registered for the Big Clean-up by 30 April. More detailed information on the total number of registered clean-up sites will be available after the clean-up, as clean-up participants can still mark their SOLO clean-ups today.
About the Big Cleanup: The Big Cleanup is a non-governmental movement in Latvia, that since 2008, has not only been organising cleanups and landscaping events throughout the country, but has also implemented various projects to educate the public on environmental issues. The President of Latvia is the patron of the Big Cleanup, making Latvia one of the first countries in the world to have such a high level of state support for environmental activities. In August 2019, the patronage was taken over by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits.
Get up, get ready, get involved!’’