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Big Cleanup event will remain annual in Latvia until 2018

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBig Cleanup events will conclude on the day of Latvia’s 100th birthday, when the Big Cleanup’s goal, making Latvia the cleanest place in the world, will have been achieved.

In her speech for organizers and supporters of Big Cleanup, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma admitted that Latvia has them to thank for making the country one of the cleanest places in the world.

The Big Cleanup has become an annual tradition in Latvia. It is an opportunity for organizers and participants from all over Latvia to meet and share views and thought about a clean Latvia.

Leader of Big Cleanup’s work group Vita Jaunzeme says that Big Cleanup event will remain annual until 2018: ‘Our goal is making Latvia the cleanest place on the planet by 2018. Latvia’s territory is not big enough to make our goal seem insurmountable. The question is – do all residents want that? If they do, we should each consider our own ways of contributing to the major goal.’

This year, organizers of Big Cleanup met with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for the first time. In her speech to encourage all residents to join, Straujuma mentioned that all great things start out small: ‘A clean Latvia begins with each piece of waste that is not left in forests and each person’s decision to pick up and throw away someone else’s trash. Each person who decides to sort things out about himself will help clean up Latvia. Latvia’s name has already been mentioned as the greenest country in the world. 2018 will mark Latvia’s 100th birthday. With high enthusiasm and dedication to the Big Cleanup, I am certain Latvia will become the cleanest place in the world.’

Latvian Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Romāns Naudiņš believes the Big Cleanup not only helps sort out Latvia’s environment, but also helps educate residents about their personal responsibility in keeping the environment nice and clean: ‘The cleaner our environment is, the better our health will be. On top of that, the beauty of our nature will attract more tourists. It is also important to keep in mind that we are the only ones who can clean up our own environment. Understanding and importance of a clean environment should be passed on to children by their parents at an early age.’

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  1. Estonian says:

    Latvia and clean?Give me a brake. Latvians don’t have even used bottles recycling system. future children have to live in that shit. but it is good, that latvians using estonia invented “Lets Do it” campaign for cleaning. nice to see, but it doesn’t make “cleanest place in the world”. there is much more to do. in english site it is nice to make beaituful commercial about latvia, but who do you cheat else, then yourself?

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