Come on Aussies!
This Sunday is “Clean Up Australia
I’d like to encourage any Aussie who enjoys the ocean, to front up and help.
All you have to do is turn up at any beach (or park) with a pair of gloves and help out for as long as you want to.
The rest of the word will have their turn during “Clean Up the World Day” in September.
A bit of History
As an avid sailor, Ian Kiernan had always dreamed about sailing around the world.
In 1987 his dream came true when he competed in the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race
As he sailed through the oceans of the world in his yacht 'Spirit of Sydney' he was shocked and disgusted by the pollution and rubbish that he continually encountered.
The polluted state of the world's oceans motivated Ian to act. Having waited years to see the Sargasso Sea’s legendary long golden weeds, Ian's excited anticipation turned to anger and disappointment when he found them polluted and tangled with rubbish.
Once back in Sydney
Ian organised a community event with the support of a committee of friends, including Clean Up co founder Kim McKay AO - Clean Up Sydney
Harbour. What happened after this is now well documented.
Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day in 1989 received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbour. Rusted car bodies, plastics of all kinds, glass bottles and cigarette butts were removed by the tonne. The idea of a clean up day had ignited an enthusiasm and desire among the community to get involved and make a difference to their local environment
The next year Clean Up Australia
Day was born. Ian and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
Australians have now devoted more than 24 million hours towards the environment
through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish
The next step for Ian and Kim was to take the concept
of Clean Up Australia Day to the rest of the world.
After gaining the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Clean Up the World was launched in 1993. In its inaugural year, Clean Up the World involved approximately 30 million people in 80 countries.
The appeal of Clean Up the World (more than 35 million people from 120 countries annually take part) has demonstrated that this simple Australian idea has universal appeal and the health
of the environment is of concern to people and communities worldwide.
Clean Up Australia