I have seen this done many years in Lloret, cleaning the Mediterranean. The local diving schools volunteer and schoolkids and other young people from various organizations. You'd be amazed at the load of junk they have at the end of the day.
When my son and I walk over to the recycle containers, I always make sure we pick up whatever plastic bottles and such we find on the way and on any other day, whenever practically possible, I pick up garbage from other people too and drop it in the pails (which are literally everywhere here). It is just a small thing and I like to believe it helps.
Quote: OSLO (Reuters) - Millions of environmental activists will be picking up trash in places from Copacabana Beach in Brazil to the banks of the Nile in Egypt this weekend in a "Clean Up the World" protest at pollution.
The campaign, founded in Australia in 1993, says its members have collected 3.6 million tonnes of rubbish over the years. It reckons that would be enough to fill 5,710 Olympic-sized swimming pools with glass, plastic, metal and cigarette butts.
"We will have 122 countries involved this weekend," said Ian Kiernan, the chairman of the campaign, who estimated that more than 600 grassroots groups reaching 35 million members would be cleaning up from China to Canada.
"It's another form of protest," he told Reuters, saying the presence of volunteers sweeping up schools in Togo or fishing trash out of the Mediterranean was a way of putting pressure on governments and industry to safeguard the environment.
Some of the trash, like metal and paper, gets recycled in the campaign, run in partnership with the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP).
"Clean Up the World mobilizes people around a powerful idea -- taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to our front doors, our back yards and everywhere else around the world," said Achim Steiner, head of UNEP.
Among the schemes, children, divers and other volunteers will clean up Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach, the campaign said in a statement. And activists from 14 countries around the Mediterranean plan to clean up the sea.
In China's Shaoxing province, volunteers aim to pick up trash around the Yangtze river delta. In Egypt, groups will work to clean up the Nile.
Kiernan, a yachtsman, began with a clean-up of Sydney harbor in 1989 after being shocked by trash in the oceans. He said Sydney was now "sparkling clean" but that worldwide "marine debris is a huge problem and getting worse."
He accused some cruise companies of dumping waste at sea.
"They're making money out of the beauty of the world's oceans and messing them up. We want to get people involved to say: 'That is no longer acceptable behavior'," he said.
He also said that pollution and global warming, widely blamed on human burning of fossil fuels, were part of a what he called a global environmental crisis.
"The actions of humanity are the cause," he said. "We are the only potential solution apart from extinction."