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Call for record participation on 2009 Clean Up the World Weekend
17/ 09/ 2009

Call for record participation on 2009 Clean Up the World WeekendOn the countdown to the17th Clean Up the World Weekend, 18-20 September, communities across the globe are looking to break all records by mobilising tens of millions of volunteers in support of the environment.

Nairobi, 17 September 2009 - On the countdown to the17th Clean Up the World Weekend, 18-20 September, communities across the globe are looking to break all records by mobilising tens of millions of volunteers in support of the environment.

Held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Clean Up the World Weekend is the cornerstone event of this global campaign. It provides the perfect opportunity for communities to unite to take practical measures to help tackle environmental issues such as climate change on a global scale.

The Australian founder and chairman of Clean Up the World, Ian Kiernan AO* said many of the proposed actions over the weekend support the 2009 campaign theme of "Communities uniting to combat climate change".

"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our world today and while high-level political decisions are critical, community-based, grassroots action is essential if we are to protect our environment for future generations," Mr Kiernan said.

"We are already seeing the destructive effects of global warming. Unless steps are taken now, we will increasingly see coral bleaching, desertification, rising salinity levels, species extinction and low lying islands disappearing because of sea level rise. People want to be able to do something practical in the fight against time. Clean Up the World gives people the opportunity to join with tens of millions worldwide to do just that."

From tree planting and revegetation to waste reduction and recycling, Clean Up the World volunteers from Algeria to Zimbabwe in Africa, Australia to Vanuatu in Asia Pacific, Iraq to United Arab Emirates in West Asia, Argentina to Venezuela in the Americas and Austria to the United Kingdom in Europe join the campaign to show the world that acting on a local level can positively impact what is a global problem.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner praised communities participating in Clean Up the World for the important contribution they were making to the global effort to improve the environment and address climate change.

"This year's Clean Up the World Weekend comes just days ahead of the high-level summit hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York to mobilize political will for world leaders to seal the deal on a new global agreement to combat climate change when they meet in Copenhagen this December. Through their hands-on actions, the millions of Clean Up the World volunteers are sending a strong message that climate change is everyone's concern, and that leadership at the local level should be mirrored at the highest political level."

To get involved register your group's activity for the Clean Up the World Weekend, 18-20 September on http://activities.cleanuptheworld.org. See the list of activities taking place around the world or be part of our online community by following us on twitter or join our facebook page.

* AO Order of Australia awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

For further information, please contact:
Angela Mayer, Clean Up the World, Email: angela@cleanuptheworld.org

For more information about Clean Up the World, visit:
www.cleanuptheworld.org, http://activities.cleanuptheworld.org, http://cleanuptheworld.wordpress.com

For more information about the UN-led Seal the Deal! Campaign, including the Climate Petition and the Global Climate Week, visit: www.sealthedeal2009.org

Further Resources
Seal the Deal! - UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change
Clean Up the World