#astronomy World Cleanup Day – Astronotes

September 22, 2019 - Comment

Ever been on a stroll and seen garbage on the facet of the street, footpath, on the seaside or in a park? Most likely. I can’t depend the variety of occasions I’ve. Garbage on a avenue in Hong Kong Whereas it may not be essentially the most nice factor on the earth to choose up


Ever been on a stroll and seen garbage on the facet of the street, footpath, on the seaside or in a park? Most likely. I can’t depend the variety of occasions I’ve.

Garbage on a avenue in Hong Kong

Whereas it may not be essentially the most nice factor on the earth to choose up different peoples’ garbage, many individuals do attempt, which is nice! However, even in case you have by no means finished something like that, right this moment’s the day to become involved. As we speak, 21st September, is World Cleanup Day! So, get exterior and begin some clean-ups of your home, backyard and native public areas, and for those who can encourage others to take action as properly, good!

This….…may develop into this!

World Cleanup day is well known in 157 nations worldwide, and you may signal as much as assist the UK or Eire effort. It is among the largest actions of the previous few a long time and does a world of fine for these residing in polluted areas and for the planet itself. Within the phrases of the organisation itself, it ‘crosses borders and defies non secular and cultural variations’. That is precisely what we want in a world that feels extra divided by the day, a motion to unite everybody for the nice of the planet we reside on. Even these individuals who could not often work collectively, resembling authorities, huge companies, small companies and the general public.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Petty Officer 1st Class Scotty L. Hendricks, operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Removes trash on the household seaside inside at Huguenot Memorial Park, Aug. 16, 2011. Coast Guard members attended the seaside cleanup to assist promote group outreach and unit morale amongst servicemembers. U.S. Coast Guard picture by Petty Officer third Class Jessica Potter.

In 2018 18 million individuals had been concerned in cleansing up their space. This entails managing waste in areas which are maybe polluted with plastics, and waste that has been improperly disposed of in areas resembling seashores, forests and inexperienced areas. One other space that wants cleaned up desperately is the ocean, with plastic waste inflicting thousands and thousands of animal deaths every year, from straws getting caught in turtles’ noses to birds getting caught in fishing twine, and even dying from malnutrition after consuming an excessive amount of plastic.

Many turtles confuse plastic luggage with their jellyfish prey. Translation: ‘Plastic bag or jellyfish?’ The turtle then says ‘I don’t know both!’A lifeless albatross chick with a stomach filled with plastic items

Actually there’s a giant island of floating plastic waste in the course of the Pacific ocean. Ocean currents wash all of the garbage that makes it to the ocean into one place, creating an ‘island’ made totally of floating waste, referred to as the Nice Pacific Rubbish Patch.

Estonia are the nation that had been on the forefront of this motion in 2008. They ran a marketing campaign to get 50,000 individuals cleansing up the nation (that’s the entire nation) in simply in the future. Impressed by this, the motion unfold, and now, 11 years later it has develop into a world phenomenon. I’m fairly impressed!

And never solely that, however that is simply the beginning of what the organisation (Let’s Do It World) goals to do. They’re advocating for a clear and wholesome waste free planet, which would require a sea change in how we work as a society.

We may all stand to take a leaf out of Sweden’s ebook; not solely have they achieved 99% of waste recycled, reused or reclaimed for vitality, they really import waste from different nations! They’re so environment friendly at waste administration that they run out of waste yearly and they also import different nations’ waste to maintain their recycling vegetation working. Half of Sweden’s waste goes again into creating vitality to warmth houses, and just one% goes to landfill.

A recycling level in Sweden. Way more thorough than ours!

18 million individuals, whereas astounding, is frankly solely a small fraction of the world’s inhabitants. These are the individuals who cared sufficient and had the time and vitality to do one thing small for the world. The world, which we reside on, is struggling beneath the rule of humanity and that is solely a fraction of what we have to do. However, it’s a terrific begin!

We will make a change to the world!



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