Student inspires global clean-up

2010-05-18 00:00

FED up with living in filthy cities, people from all over the world have come together to encourage one another to take pride in their environment by joining the Facebook group “Clean Up Your City”.

Created by environmentally conscious PhD student Michelle Atagana, the site encourages people to pick a spot and clean it up.

Pietermaritzburg resident Atagana, whose birthday coincides with World Environment Day on June 5, has posted the following reason for initiating the group: “This year I want to mark this day by doing something for the environment so I would like to ask you to come out for two hours on Saturday, June 5, and clean up your respective cities. If we can get 500 people to do this, I will donate R500 to WWF’s [World Wildlife Fund’s] VOTE EARTH campaign.”

Already, 130 people have pledged their support for Atagana’s initiative on the site. Some of the posts read:

•“What an awesome venture Mich! i’ll be in PMB that week so will make a plan.”

•“Cape Town is in ... busy recruiting. thanks darling! :)”

• “Keeeen!! Was just thinking abt doing something similar yesterday... how’s that huh! :)”

• “Hamburg, Germany is quite clean...but I am sure we can find somewhere that is NOT!” and

• “Brilliant idea … have invited all my friends. Let’s see how many ‘old’ people like me actually participate!”

Residents from the following cities will help celebrate Atagana’s birthday: Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Hamburg in Germany, Brighton in the UK, Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, Seoul in South Korea, and Santa Barbara and Newark in the U.S.

If you’re feeling inspired, join the Facebook group and do your bit to help make your city cleaner.



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