Press Release


JANUARY 21, 2020 (Global) –  

Earth Day Network (, the global coordinator of Earth Day, will reveal details of The Great Global Cleanup at the Clean World Conference taking place January 23 – 25 in Tallinn, Estonia and invite cleanup organizers from around the world to join together in solving problems of global waste. President Kathleen Rogers will speak at the conference about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and opportunities to come together to achieve tangible impacts on waste in our environment. The Great Global Cleanup in April 2020 is expected to be the largest volunteer event in history. The goal is to remove billions of pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways. Improved health and positive growth can be achieved once people gain the expectation that their community will be clean.

Presenting partners of The Great Global Cleanup include World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It World, National Cleanup Day and Keep America Beautiful. Thousands more partners are being encouraged to unite to create clean communities with a series of cleanup events from late March to early May 2020.

Partners attract volunteers to their cleanups via The Great Global Cleanup live map, an interactive place to register, search and find cleanups around the world, Thousands of cleanups already have been scheduled in the U.S. alone. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to join efforts to make this the largest global cleanup yet.

In addition, will present a workshop at the conference introducing the Earth Challenge 2020 Plastics app and welcoming users to contribute scientifically viable data on the extent of plastic and other types of local pollution to a global citizen database. The app will be available for free download in Apple and Android versions by February 15, 2020.

“Plastic and other types of pollution and waste challenge every community every day,” said Earth Day president Kathleen Rogers, “contaminating our oceans, clogging our drains, causing floods, spreading disease, transmitting respiratory infections and killing wildlife; and low-income communities suffer the worst impacts. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re working to build a world in which every person can live in a clean healthy community.”

If you are interested in scheduling an interview or learning more about Earth Day Network or The Great Global Cleanup, please email [email protected] or contact Denice Zeck at +1 202-355-8875.

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