Press Release

EARTHDAY.ORG Celebrates the 5-Year Anniversary of The Great Global Cleanup

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2024)- EARTHDAY.ORG, the global driving force behind Earth Day, joyfully commemorates the 5-year anniversary of The Great Global Cleanup, collaborating with partners worldwide to eliminate plastics permanently through hands-on cleanup efforts and advocacy for a 60% reduction in plastic production by 2040.

To highlight this milestone, we are calling upon individuals, businesses, governments, and NGOs to unite for a monumental environmental challenge: collectively registering 5,000 cleanups on The Great Global Cleanup Map by April 22nd to amplify our impact and leave a lasting, positive legacy on our planet.

In pursuit of this goal, EARTHDAY.ORG is proud to announce our three flagship cleanups of 2024. Teaming up with The Malaysian Humanitarian Foundation, we will lead the world’s largest cleanup event this Earth Day, mobilizing over 100,000 volunteers. Additionally, we are delighted to  be working with Maqoor, an environmental movement in Armenia, to conduct over ten cleanups across Yerevan on April 20th, celebrating Earth Day and Armenia’s environmental efforts.

Furthermore, we are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Kanu Hawaii for the second consecutive year. Together, we are globalizing last year’s efforts to accomplish the world’s largest dive cleanup in support of the Pledge to Our Keiki— a commitment to sustainable living and reducing human impact on the environment. 

“2024 marks a pivotal moment for positive change – from witnessing how plastics wreak havoc on us and the environment firsthand to joining the Planet vs. Plastics fight, the actions you take carry significant impact,” said Michael Karapetian, The Great Global Cleanup Coordinator at EARTHDAY.ORG. “We are elevating The Great Global Cleanup efforts to unprecedented heights, recognizing every piece of trash as evidence to fuel systematic change, aiming for a future where cleanups are obsolete. Join us today in making a tangible difference for our planet!”

The Great Global Cleanup campaign encourages governments, businesses, and citizens to unite together to create cleaner communities. Cleanup partners can register events and invite volunteers to their cleanup via The Great Global Cleanup Map. Citizens are invited to search the map for nearby cleanups, or create their own individual or group cleanups near where they live and work. The map will be regularly updated through March and April to make sure you don’t miss the chance to make a difference in your community. 

To learn more about the Great Global Cleanup, please visit: 


EARTHDAY.ORG’s founders created and organized the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Since then, EARTHDAY.ORG has mobilized over 1 billion people annually on Earth Day, and every other day, to protect the planet. EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. Learn more at EARTHDAY.ORG. It’s not a day, it’s a movement.

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