20 million people in 180 countries and territories united for the second annual World Cleanup Day (WCD) on 21 September 2019. Compared to 2018, 2 million more people and 23 additional countries joined this clean sweep around the globe. Once again, World Cleanup Day 2019 set off from the island of Fiji and ended 24 hours later in Hawaii.
On July 2-3, I had the chance to take part in UNESCO’s forum on education for sustainable development and global citizenship in Hanoi, Viet Nam, followed by a meeting on July 4-5 for Global Action Plan members, which Let’s Do It Foundation is also part of.
Drones today are being proposed for everything from flying cars to autonomous last-mile delivery systems. Autonomous vehicles that can take off, safely perform a mission beyond the observation of a human operator and return and land back on their takeoff pad without any human intervention are the future of commercial UAVs.
Most of the attention paid to the rise of deep learning has been to its commercial applications, revolutionizing commerce and even creating entirely new industries.
On the 15th of September 2018, nearly 18 million people united to pick up trash from the nature in 157 countries. It was the biggest civic action against waste and yet, it was still not enough.
6-8 June I had the honor of presenting Keep It Clean Plan at the SDG Champions Conference as an SDG Champion on health issues.
On May 22-23, I took part in a circular economy working group meeting hosted by European Environmental Bureau (EEB), one of our partners. The EU has taken many ambitious targets regarding waste and at the meeting we took a look at how member states are doing.
Let’s Do It Foundation and SIFR in partnership with Microsoft, have developed an AI algorithm for detecting trash in geolocated images and videos.
Festivals play a prominent role in the cultural landscape of a country. While these events are indeed celebrations with thousands of people gathering in one place, such numbers anywhere present inevitable logistical challenges and, hence, lots of waste to manage. There are plenty of examples worldwide of how these events can turn into environmental disasters as a result of lacking environmental policy. Of course all festivals have some inevitable ecological footprints but there are ways to minimise them.
Past weekend saw hundreds of civic leaders gathering in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss the next steps for creating a sustainable future. The yearly gathering Clean World Conference organised by Let’s Do It Foundation, for its partners and network, focused on the implementation of the Keep It Clean Plan.