Seven Latvian municipalities to join international campaign for clean Baltic Sea

  • 2023-07-26
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Seven Latvian municipalities will take part in an international campaign for a clean Baltic Sea, Jana Krallisa, a public relations representative of the Big Cleanup campaign, told LETA.

Seven Latvian municipalities have already applied to participate in the Save Our See campaign - Riga, Jurmala, Liepaja, Ventspils, Adazi, Talsi and Valmiera. Although Valmiera is not located directly by the sea, the municipality believes that living on the bank of the Gauja River means thinking about the cleanliness of the Baltic Sea.

Cities and residents in Finland, Aland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have confirmed their participation in the Let's Do It World organization's initiative Save Our Sea or SOS.

Save Our Sea aims to raise awareness of the Baltic Sea environmental problems and empower people living along its shores to take action themselves and clean up the Baltic coastal areas, beaches and dunes. Last year, only three Baltic countries took part in the campaign, but this year the campaign is much bigger and includes almost all countries in the Baltic Sea region.

The campaign will start on Baltic Sea Day, August 31, and end on World Clean-up Day, September 16.

"Vita Jaunzeme, the Big Clean-up Manager, promises to raise awareness about microplastics pollution, which includes cigarette butts and other small plastic waste, including used electronic cigarettes. The slogan of this year's World Clean-up "Clean or dirty, it starts in our heads!" is also dedicated to this common goal, because it depends on our knowledge, awareness and action whether pollution will continue to grow or whether each of us will do everything we can to reduce it, says Jaunzeme.