Environmental activists get down and dirty on mass cleanup day

phys.org | 8/19/2019 | Staff
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Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe Saturday, in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests.

Campaigners took part in World Cleanup Day from Manilla to the Mediterranean, as hundreds of thousands of people across the world take part in demonstrations and activities calling for urgent action on the environment.

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Young people have been at the forefront of the movement, with masses of children skipping school on Friday for a global climate strike, which teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning".

Some four million people filled city streets around the world on Friday, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

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The World Cleanup Day—an initiative that has got millions into the streets and cleaning up litter across the globe since it began just over a decade ago—falls at the beginning of a week of climate action called for by Thunberg, who will attend a UN youth summit on Saturday.

In France, volunteers posted images of their trash hauls on social media—heaps on assorted waste, soft drink cans and plastic containers—while workers from the ecology ministry picked up 12,528 cigarette butts in the La Defense area of Paris.

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On the streets of the capital, climate protest organisers called for an end to their demonstration after clashes broke out between security foreces and a violent minority that police said were linked to a hardcore strain of the country's "yellow vest" movement.

"The conditions for a non-violent march are not in place," Greenpeace, a co-organiser of the event, said on Twitter.

'For us to help'

While the types of trash collected across the world varied, the common material in the bin bags across the world was...
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