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Record Number of Nations United to Clean Up the World
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RECORD NUMBER OF NATIONS UNITE TO CLEAN UP THE WORLD

SYDNEY, Australia, September 22, 2004 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Despite uncertain times, over 35 million volunteers from 114 countries cleaned up around the world last weekend. The world’s largest community based environmental event recorded an estimated 8% increase in participation with nine new countries joining Clean Up the World. From Cuba to China and Greece to Ghana, communities took to their local parks, beaches, forests and waterways with the common goal of creating a cleaner healthier place to live.

Speaking from the Clean Up the World office in Sydney, Australia, Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman & Founder of Clean Up the World expressed his appreciation of the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and organisers who spent the weekend removing rubbish from the environment.

“I find it inspiring that after 12 years Clean Up the World participation continues to grow,” said Mr Kiernan.

“This truly is testimony that people around the world do care about the state of the environment and are prepared to do something about it.”

“Thank you to all the volunteers that participated in this very successful weekend. A special thank you is extended to our sponsors. Particularly the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Duskin who provide support and initiate clean up activities in their local communities.”

Clean Up the World operates in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and to complement UNEP’s international year of Seas and Oceans, communities focused on raising awareness of the effect of rubbish on the environment and ultimately our seas and oceans.

Activities ranged from cleaning up the world’s coastlines, lakes, waterways, parks and cities to the implementation of ongoing environmental workshops, recycling programs and educational programs.

The campaign brought together communities from a record number of 114 nations. Participation in each country ranged from the mobilisation of small community groups to national clean up campaigns.

“This year we welcomed Austria, Romania, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Sao Tome & Principe, Panama, Senegal and Saudi Arabia to Clean Up the World. They join 105 other nations who have embraced Clean Up the World and adapted it to their communities.” said Mr Kiernan.

To help protect the world’s second largest coral reef and conserve the biodiversity of the coastal ecosystem of Cuba, volunteers in Cayo Coco removed rubbish from beach areas and the keys of Cayo Coco.

In China, students coordinated clean ups in the Nanhui Higher Education Zone of Shanghai, China’s largest city and in the southern central area of Guangdong Province, Shenzhen locals organised clean ups, a paper recycling campaign and water saving projects.

In Greece, volunteers aiming to restore the Aegean Sea to a pristine condition prior to the Olympic Games cleaned up Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Volos and coastal towns across the Attica region. Concerns for the amount of waste entering one of the world's largest artificial lakes, Lake Volta, have sparked clean ups across communities in Ghana. Organisers are also co-ordinating an ongoing waste management programme where community members clean their surroundings daily.

Nestled in the Gulf of Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe volunteers coordinated clean up events in the jungles and on beaches of the Islands. Clean ups were held on the Beach of the Seven Waves, Ribeira Afonso and Alto Douro.

The 2004 Clean Up the World weekend, 17 – 19 September, was an opportunity for volunteers around the world to celebrate year round environmental achievements and was a time of action as volunteers got physical and cleaned up their local area.

For more information about Clean Up the World or to register as a Member visit www.cleanuptheworld.org or contact world@cleanup.com.au.

Clean Up the World is a campaign held in conjunction with Primary Partner UNEP. Major Sponsor – Duskin. Global Media Partner - National Geographic Channels International. Internet Partner - Secure Interactive. Sponsor – Qantas. Supporter – The Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About Clean Up the World:
Clean Up the World, the global extension of Clean Up Australia Day, promotes community action as being key to long-term environmental care. Operating in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Clean Up the World inspires and supports communities to take simple, positive steps to restore and protect their environment. Clean Up the World Members include community and environmental groups, schools, government departments, businesses, consumer and industry organisations, sponsors and dedicated individuals who either work independently in their local communities or work with other groups in a coordinated effort at a regional or national level.

CONTACT:
Melissa Hayes: melissa@cleanup.com.au
Lara Meredith: lara@cleanup.com.au
Telephone: +61 2 9692 0700
Fax: +61 2 9692 0761

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