After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns in most countries in March, we have seen many things happening in waste management. Now, as several countries have re-opened and trying to get back to life as it was before, we are in a sort of transition period, where some things have changed, some are back to where they were and with some we are not really sure where we are. Since many organisations are writing about waste and COVID-19 impacts, we thought just to bring them together and do a short status update.
January 22-24, 2020 saw the launching of a new Training Program offered by Let’s Do It Foundation to civil society leaders from developing countries. The program was attended by participants from Latin-America, Eastern Europe and Asia. The wide variety of people with their individual and collective challenges proved that the methods of the training are able to address all the participants’ needs.
Over 20 million people in 180 countries and territories joined World Cleanup Day 2019 (www.worldcleanupday.org), Let’s Do It World, the organisation behind the event, has confirmed. This constitutes 0,3% of the world’s population making an impact and creating awareness of the global waste problem. Let’s Do It World’s ultimate goal is to involve 5% of the world’s population in cleanups. This is the tipping point to create a shift in mindsets and transition in societies – to create real and lasting change.
Estonian Development Cooperation Program offers a scholarship opportunity for an applicant for the Capacity Building Leadership Program.
Training Program for Leaders in Local Communities 22-23 January 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia
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.