Big Cleanup to take place at more than 1,400 locations

On April 27 the Big Cleanup (Talka) will take place across numerous locations in Latvia for the 11th consecutive year.

This year will be different in that people are asked to sort the trash they find as well. You should put plastic in blue bags and use the white ones for the rest.

"This year we're cleaning up under the slogan, 'I belong to the future'. I think we should start thinking more in the categories of 10, 50 and 100 years. This plastic catastrophe which humanity now starts understanding, is huge. And it's no exception in Latvia," said organizer Vita Jaunzeme appearing on LTV.

You can find out more about the national spring cleaning initiative at the official website.

After the first World Cleanup, in which 157 countries and almost 18 million people took part, a special conference was held in Tallinn in January this year , where Latvia was granted an award for outstanding achievements as the country with the highest steady annual growth in the number of participants.

All inhabitants of Latvia can engage actively in registration of polluted sites on the interactive map www.talkas.lv in the section “Maps”. 

“Thinking about Latvia’s next 100 (LV200), I would like to revitalize the clean-up tradition in a new quality, mainly laying stress on the community education as well as providing information on the global environmental processes, in view Latvia cannot live apart from the whole world. The life wisdom of our nation is tightly linked to nature, it is our happiness, and it should become our priority to be preserved and to fight for because it effects the most essential elements of life – health, nature diversity and ability to survive in the presence of rapidly changing global conditions. I see Latvia as one of the countries showing to the world which way should be taken at least in the meaning that one should treat nature with enormous respect,” said Jaunzeme ahead of the event.

Ilze Aizsilniece, President of the Latvian Doctors’ Association said: “The existence of healthy people is possible only on a healthy planet Earth. If we think about health, we have to think firstly about clean environment and searching for sustainable solutions in every branch of national economy. We have not much time given on this planet to avoid thinking about the environment and the climate changes. Let us think and act in order to keep the Earth and ourselves healthy!”

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