You Can Help Clean up the World

By Linda Meyers

September 15, 2012

Every Saturday we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This weekend is Clean up the World Weekend, and have we got the perfect activity for you.

Clean up in Govierno Municipal de Play, Cuba

Clean Up the World, a community-based environmental campaign held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), is one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.  It inspires people from around the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. And, it can begin with one or two people or a family like yours.

The Beckers are a great example of a family that is making a huge difference by starting a small project. They adopted a section of a shoreline of an area lake, and began cleaning up. Soon they invited friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join in an annual effort to clean up the entire lake. Truly a success story.

You can plan your own activity and make a difference in the world. The first step is to decide which issue you want to focus on and what your goal will be. Issues could include (among others):

  • Water
  • Education
  • Tree Planting
  • Climate Change
  • Waste

For ideas, look at activities that have been done in the past. It can be as small as picking up the trash on your street or starting a compost movement in your own family, to as big as you can imagine. Once you plan your activity, you can put it on the Global Environmental Map along with others around the world. And, of course, please share it with us in the comments section below.

To learn more about the weekend and cleaning up the world, go to

For lesson plans and ideas for fun activities related to this and other topics, go to the Learning Resources at the bottom of our Read to Feed Resources page.