Posted on 18 September 2018
847 young people got together for an intensive cleaning of the streets of Antananarivo, on 15th September.
Armed with gloves, shovels, garbage bags and rakes, they attacked wastes of the city to celebrate the world cleanup days. It is not common to see actions like this one in Antananarivo.’’ I'm glad they cleaned up the area because it has been a long time since garbage began to pile up, "says a street vendor in Ampefiloha.
The work extended too many areas in Antananarivo city. ‘’ This event is one of the biggest civic actions in the world. It consists in collecting all the waste in the street or those that block the sewage channels for about 5 hours. Then, this garbage is collected by the urban municipality of Antananarivo ", explains Ando Ratsirahonana, of the Junior Chamber International – Iarivo.
The accumulation of plastic waste is a global problem that must be addressed. WWF works at global level to connect people little more each day. "It must be noted that urban waste is mainly composed of plastics. And every year, 9.5 million tons of plastics pour into the oceans according to IUCN. ‘’WWF wants to act in this fight to save the biodiversity against plastic. One of the reasons for our participation "says Mialisoa Raharimanana of WWF.
The celebration took on a national scope. More than 4000 young volunteers distributed in 14 cities of Madagascar like Antsiranana, Nosy Boraha, Mahajanga, Toamasina or Antsirabe also mobilized.