For the second year, on 19th September, people from all over the Baltic Sea Region took part in the Clean Games Baltic Cup. A one-hour challenge aiming at cleaning up and collecting the most amount of garbage from green and coastal areas. Read more about the challenge here.
More than 4000 participants collected 96 tons of garbage. The tournament was interactive through the use of a mobile app, allowing the participants – divided into different teams – to follow a map where the littered areas in their cities are marked.
The participants cleaned the streets of Horsens (Denmark), the forest near Warsaw (Poland), the streets of Riga (Latvia). In Lithuania, the game took place at one of the points on the route of Giedrius Bučas. Participants cleaned as well in Belarus, St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. Three of the teams were organized by people from CCB’s network, in Belarus and Lithuania.
The Clean Games Baltic Cup went Live on Facebook, with reports from different countries and special guests. One was Mikhail Durkin, Executive Secretary at Coalition Clean Baltic:
“Our organization has been involved in cleanups for quite a long time but since last year we have partnered with Clean Games understanding that this is a really nice and engaging way of getting people together for the cleanups. The gamification component that was added by the Clean Games was really an important way of inviting more people and sharing the experiences across the region and engaging more and more residences and citizens on all coasts and not only on the sea coast but also at the river banks. So this is the work we are really supporting”.
Answering the question of the host, if it is enough to do the cleaning, he said: “We have to do cleanups. Because of the learning component. As many would say a person who does the cleanup will learn not to litter and clean after him or her in nature. That’s also a pedagogical component to teach kids and younger people. When it comes to the sources, one may think this comes from someone else. But actually every single person (depending on the country) may pollute approximately 30 kg of plastic every year to the Baltic Sea”.
Clean Games is an international non-governmental organization distributing the methodology of gamified volunteer cleanups for free. The project is being frequently awarded in Russia as an eco volunteer initiative. It has also been selected to participate in the Paris Peace Forum in 2019, and was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020.
Photos of the competition from different countries: https://yadi.sk/d/Vo5F2v0fy-kZvQ?w=1
Video about Clean Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR6VU0NNkAk