Clean up Austraila Day this Sunday
IN 1989, an ‘average Australian bloke’ made a lifelong commitment to make a difference to the Australian landscape.
An avid yachtsman and builder, Ian Kiernan, has sailed the world and found much of our oceans to be too polluted to enjoy sailing in.
Kiernan started by cleaning up in his own backyard – the Sydney Harbour.
This simple idea has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, and it is happening this Sunday.
In its first year in 1989, Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbour.
The year after it went nationwide and Clean Up Australia Day was born.
Kiernan and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole country.
Over the past 20 years, Australians have devoted more than 24 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish.
The next step was gaining the support of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Clean Up the World was launched in 1993 to protect the environment around the world.
Since then Clean Up Australia has evolved into an organisation that works with the community, government and businesses to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year.