One day in the year of 1989, a man envisioned a cleaner Australia and introduced a simple idea which has now become our largest community based environmental event.
As Ian sailed across the oceans of the world, he was appalled by the pollution that had rotted our beautiful oceans. After that encounter, Ian held a community event which he used to express his passion for the clean-up of our country. His suggestion of 'Clean Up Sydney' received much attention and attracted more than 40,000 Sydneysiders, who donated and committed their time to help clean-up. The following year, 'Clean Up Australia Day' was born. For their opening, around 300,000 civilians had volunteered their time to take part in the massive clean-up.
Ian's simple idea has been taken all over the world and with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 'Clean Up the World' was launched in 1993, traversing to over 80 countries. Worldwide, an estimated 35 million people from 120 countries take part in the celebration every year.
'Clean Up the World demonstrates that people across the planet are willing to do something themselves to help protect and care for their environment.'