Swiss Cleanup 2015: LANGENTHAL

10 people. 2 hours.  Plenty of trash for everyone.

I climbed over a fence and trudged through “the jungle” between the fence and the Langete.  I wish I had a machete.  There was trash in there that had certainly been there for years.  Close to 60 Liters collected in just 30 minutes.

Next year, we’ll need 1000 people and 1000 vacuum cleaners to remove the 100′s of 1000′s of cigarette butts.

Special thanks go out to:
IGSU for driving the nationwide campaign so well, and
the SP and Green Parties for organizing the Langenthal event.  BRAVO!

Odd that the SVP did not collaborate with them. One of Switzerland’s most active and vocal proponents for combating littering is Nationalrätin, Andrea Geissbühler (SVP).

Experience in other countries shows that as soon as participation in cleanups reaches 5% of the population in a given region, they turn the tide.  The amount of trash and litter decreases.  Therefore, we urge all the Gemeinde and organizations who run their own cleanups on different days to consolidate.  Critical mass is key.  The media does not report on 20 people or even 200 people out on a cleanup.  200,000, however, is a different story.  Let’s work together to reach this critical mass in 2016.  We WILL turn the tide.

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