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The Embassy organized a litter pick in a park in our neighborhood as a part of the European Cleanup Campaign, which is held in Greece from 3 May to 3 June 2019, in cooperation with HELMEPA.

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. The primary causes of this littering issue are our society’s unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and a lack of awareness of citizens.

Litter is a growing environmental problem, and especially litter that fills our oceans and cause problems for fish and other species. Norway has worked for many years to put the fight against marine litter on the agenda internationally.

With ocean currents, waste is spread to the coast and beaches near the waste source, but also to areas far away. Plastic waste is found both on small island states in the Pacific and on deserted beaches on Svalbard in the Arctic. This clearly shows that there is a need for cross-border cooperation.

The word ‘dugnad’ is a common Norwegian word that means unpaid voluntary work of importance to the community or an individual. We joined the European Cleanup Campaign to show our support to the cause and make Norwegian and Greek citizens more aware of the problems we are facing regarding litter. We hope you will consider doing the same.

The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) is the National Coordinator of this European Campaign, and they invites us all, youngsters and adults, to take part in this year’s initiative and to express our environmental sensitivity by organizing a symbolic cleanup. Read more about the campaign here: