The second International “Clean Up the Baltic” initiative was organized in Poland on 16 August by Our Earth Foundation (Fundacja Nasza Ziemia).
The campaign aims to draw attention to the problem of pollution in the Baltic region and to raise awareness of the consequences. A variety of activities took place in Poland; beaches as well as rivers were cleaned up and lost fishing nets were recovered by divers. Several of the Baltic countries were involved in “Clean Up the Baltic 2007 and 2008”, which received good media coverage.
Industrial waste, sewage, fertilizers, pesticides, detergent and litter in an area inhabited by some 80 million people, find its way into the Baltic Sea. Since ecosystems transcend national borders the organization Clean Up the World and its members, in Poland Our Earth Foundation, are increasingly collaborating with others to conduct regional initiatives.
Our Earth Foundation invited all countries in the Baltic to join their initiative. Contact Our Earth Foundation (Fundacja Nasza Ziemia) to be involved or register local cleanup activities as part of “Clean Up the Baltic 2009” at mira@ naszaziemia.pl
All photos by Marta Szczypek.