Clean Up the World

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Clean Up the World

"Ian and his committee believed that if a city could be mobilised to take 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 over the last 16 years.

"The next step for Ian 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. The uptake of Clean Up the World globally (an estimated 35 million people in over 100 countries now participate each year) has demonstrated that this simple Australian idea has universal appeal and the health of the environment is of concern to people worldwide.

"In 1998, Ian was awarded the prestigious United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize. The honour was awarded for "mobilising tens of millions of people around the globe to take responsibility for their own environment." Ian has also been named a Global 500 Laureate while Clean Up the World's ability to bring communities and individuals together has been honoured by a Building World Citizenship Award from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts." [1]


Accessed September 2008: [2]



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  1. The Clean Up Story, Clean Up the World, accessed September 22, 2008.
  2. Directors, Clean Up the World, accessed September 22, 2008.