European Union External Action

#EUBeachCleanup promotes a greener future for El Salvador

04/09/2020 - 09:19
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Ahead of World Cleanup Day, the EU is collaborating with Let’s Do It El Salvador and the Salvadoran Government in a nationwide effort to galvanise community-led responses to climate change. Last year, through the #EUBeachCleanup and the #EUGreenDeal initiatives in El Salvador, the EU helped collect over 1.06 tonnes of waste in Playa Las Hojas, mobilised hundreds of Salvadorans to cycle for the environment, and promoted sustainable community parks.

In 2020, we are inviting citizens and partners to join local cleanup and reforestation initiatives, sort and separate waste at home, bring recyclable materials over to our Recycle-A-Thon event, declutter their mobile phones (by deleting unnecessary documents, emails, apps, etc.), and even join a mindfulness meditation session to enhance connections to nature and increase sustainable behaviour. Every little helps and goes a long way in helping the environment!

On September 5, the EU will head to Playa Metalio for a beach cleanup with over 150 local volunteers, public servants, and parolees who are eager to give back to their communities. Moreover, on September 19, the EU is hosting a Recycle-A-Thon: a free waste drop-off centre in Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlan, where citizens can bring glass, cardboard, electronics, paper, etc. for recycling. In return, each person will receive a tree and instructions to help reforestation efforts around the country. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all physical distancing and hygiene measures will be strictly followed during these events.

A series of online workshops about waste separation at source and recycling potential of materials will be on offer prior to these events.

Our ocean starts with you.

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