Press Release

EARTHDAY.ORG Launches The Great Global Cleanup For The Fourth Straight Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2023)- EARTHDAY.ORG (EDO), the global organizer of Earth Day and the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, announced today The Great Global Cleanup will return in April 2023. The Great Global Cleanup is a campaign to rid the environment of waste and plastic pollution for good. 

Now in its fourth year, The Great Global Cleanup will build on its record as the world’s largest coordinated volunteer event, tackling the issue of mismanaged waste and providing opportunities for individuals and organizations to see the positive, tangible impacts their actions have on our environment. The collective goal in April 2023 is to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways. 

“Plastics are contaminating our oceans, clogging our drains, causing floods, spreading disease, killing wildlife, and impacting low-income communities the most.” said Kathleen Rogers, EARTHDAY.ORG President, “Governments, businesses and citizens must all contribute to stop the destruction of our shared home and restore nature.” 

The Great Global Cleanup campaign encourages governments, businesses, and citizens to unite together to create cleaner communities with a series of events during the month of April. 

Cleanup partners can register events and invite volunteers to their cleanup via The Great Global Cleanup Live Map. Citizens are invited search the map for nearby cleanups, or create their own individual or group cleanups near where they live and work. Cleanup events will be added to the map throughout March and April.

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EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), 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. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at: