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Ihobe joins World Environment Day with a big litter picking event in the Ekoetxea Network natural spaces

2024 May 30
  • World Environment Day 2024 is held every 5 June around the world, and this year it will be celebrated under the theme "Our Land. Our Future" to highlight the importance of restoring land, combating desertification, and building drought resilience
  • Registrations for citizens to take part in the litter picking events which will take place on Saturday 8 June are now open at the four centres of the Ekoetxea Network
  • Ihobe is also coordinating the "Let's Clean Up Euskadi 2024" campaign aimed at raising awareness among citizens and participating organisations of the importance of maintaining a healthy, litter-free environment


Ihobe, the Basque Government's Public Environmental Management Company, joins World Environment Day celebrations with a big litter picking event in the natural spaces of the Ekoetxea Network of Environmental Centres in the Basque Country. Promoted by the United Nations, Environment Day 2024 will take place on 5 June under the theme “Our Lands. Our Future”. In the case of the Basque Country, Ihobe is organising several activities during the first fortnight of the month, including a collaborative waste collection event on Saturday 8 June in Ekoetxea Urdaibai, Ekoetxea Meatzaldea, Ekoetxea Txingudi and Ekoetxea Azpeitia.

Ekoetxea Urdaibai will be litter picking from 12:00 in two areas - the San Kristobal marshes and the Old Murueta Tile Factory - where the sea usually returns a lot of waste onto the coastal strip.

Ekoetxea Meatzaldea will start from 10:30 onwards, in an area that suffers a lot of pressure due to human activities, especially at weekends. The clean up will focus on the upper part of the Triano hills, specifically near the neighbourhoods of Larreineta and Barrionuevo (Trápaga-Trapagaran Valley).

Ekoetxea Txingudi will work with Recicla-Birziklatu and Ekopatruilak Irun to clean the Ibarla area from 10:00, a recreational area where outdoor leisure activities take place, from the car park in Arbesko Errota street to the children's playground in front of La Juanita.

Finally, Ekoetxea Azpeitia, in collaboration with the Town Council, invites all citizens and different municipal agents to take part in the litter pick starting at 10:00 in the Landeta industrial area.

Waste left in natural environments releases toxic substances that can pollute the soil, water, and air, affecting all living things. This waste degrades landscapes and deteriorates the natural beauty of many unique sites that are forever polluted, affecting the health of the environment and people. For example, a single cigarette butt takes up to 2 years to decompose and plastic takes over 100 years.

Ihobe has proposed these actions through the Ekoetxea Network with the aim of helping citizens become aware of the issues and get involved in the solution. The focus is to move from words to deeds through different initiatives, both those programmed for World Environment Day and the experiences designed to favour an eco-social transformation.


Let's Clean Up Euskadi 2024!

Ihobe is also coordinating the participation of organisations and educational centres in the Basque Country in the Let's Clean Up Euskadi 2024! campaign. It will take place in the first fortnight of June, coinciding with World Environment Day, and may last until November. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness among citizens and participating organisations of the importance of maintaining healthy, waste-free soil as a source of numerous services for people and the environment.

Let's Clean Up Euskadi 2024! arises from the Let's Clean Up Europe! initiative promoted by the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) aimed at raising awareness among citizens by carrying out clean up actions in their environment. This is a joint activity across Europe to raise awareness of the amount of waste being dumped uncontrollably in nature and to promote awareness-raising actions by picking up this illegally dumped waste in forests, beaches, riverbanks, etc.

The Basque Government's Public Environmental Management Company proposes to deepen the values of sustainability through this action. To achieve this, it has provided participants with the materials required to clean up their environment, including training and informative materials, guides for organising the actions, gloves and bags. Ihobe has also contacted Basque town councils to help identify points that could be cleaned up by schools, companies and organisations that wish to join the initiative.


World Environment Day

Promoted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and has been celebrated every 5 June ever since. Over the past 50 years, the celebration has become one of the most far-reaching global platforms for environmental causes. Tens of millions of people have joined in to participate virtually and in person in activities, events and all kinds of initiatives around the world.

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