The European Clean-Up Day is a project of the EWWR.eu group - The European Week for Waste Reduction. EWWR started in 1999 and is funded by the European Commission. The EWWR initiative addresses the need for environmental clean up on a platform of the “3Rs”: Reduce waste, Reuse Products and Recycle Materials. in pursuit of a clean up of the environment.
Environmental community groups were invited to take part in European Clean-Up Day 2014 that is to become an annual event. In fact, EWWR encourages a wide range of target sectors that includes civil society as well as citizens themselves; private companies and public authorities to become the three pronged approach as illustrated by the British Embassy involvement along with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the HELMEPA NGO.
This year has been the launch year for "Let’s Clean-Up Europe Day". More than 3300 clean-up actions were implemented all over Europe say organizers and on local territory across the whole of Greece. As a bottom-up initiative taking place for the first time in 2014, this was a great result according to EWWR!
More on the HELMEPA Cadets Program
The Greek initiative is a group that guides today's interested Greek youth on the right path in life. In December 2013, the HELMEPA Cadets Program celebrated its 20th anniversary.
HELMEPA itself was founded in 1982 by Greek seafarers and shipowners, who voluntarily pledged to participate in a joint effort towards preventing marine pollution from ships. HELMEPA’s mission is to foster environmental consciousness within the maritime community through information and awareness-raising for all, “from shipowner to the last seafarer”.
The EWWR initiative and the Euro clean-up day is not all about Marine ecology however but also land based clean up as well. In particular, it is intended to catch the attention of Europeans to the ugly side of waste and the core aim is to motivate as many citizens as possible to pick-up waste littered in the natural environment be it at sea or on land.
By active participation EWWR believes each person, including you, comes to realize how much waste is actually littered in their environment while providing practical information through the 3R's approach on the possibilities of reducing waste, reusing products and recycling materials.
The Objectives of EWWR's 3R's:
- the First Objective is to Reduce waste by Strict Avoidance and Reduction at Source.
- the Second Objective is to Reuse - Preparing for Reuse and Reuse
- the Third Objective is to Recycle - Waste Sorting and Recycling
Notable business men like Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Greek-Cypriot founder of the fabulously successful easyJet low cost airline) actively support HELMEPA.
Another Greek group active in Marine Conservation which participated in Europe Clean-Up Day and general marine cleanup activities around the Greek coastline and the Black Sea is the Policy Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas. PERSEUS in the short form.
Postscript: European Clean-Up Day, May 10, 2015
There is plenty of time to get involved with European Clean-Up Day, May 10, 2015 when this website, Brits in Crete will cover the event. Details of how your company or group can take part, you can contact the main website “Let’s Clean Up Europe”.
For the Greece regional website "European Clean-Up Day you can obtain further information about participation in Greece, visit Ευρωπαϊκή Ημέρα Καθαρισμού - Καλωσορίσατε στο διαδικτυακό τόπο των Ναυτίλων της HELMEPA or the main website for the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association - HELMEPA website at Η Ελληνική Ένωση Προστασίας Θαλασσίου Περιβάλλοντος
As for PERSEUS, this is a research consortium with representatives from many government and academic organizations across Europe expressly in Marine ecology. PERSEUS is Funded by the EU under FP7 Theme, “Oceans of Tomorrow” OCEAN.2011-3, Grant Agreement No. 287600.