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Litter Movement - Pick up a piece of litter every day

Almost everywhere in the world littering is a common habit. However, a rational human being starts questioning: does it have to be this way?

Is there any sense in wasting our tax money on cleaning up litter tossed on the ground by people? At the same time governments are cutting down funding for the care of children, the sick, and elderly people.


“Do we really approve animals getting hurt or killed because of litter somebody has left on the ground”, asks Tuula-Maria Ahonen, a Finnish journalist who founded the Litter Movement in year 2000 together with her two daughters Iisa and Ilona.


It is easy to judge people who litter but does it make a difference? The members of this movement have chosen a different approach. Each member picks up at least one piece of litter every day and invites at least one person to join the movement.  The less litter there is on the ground, the less people will litter. Litter Movement has made many people who used to litter, question and change their ways.


There are members on all continents around the world. The southernmost members live in Argentina and Australia, the northernmost members in Lapland. As a member of the Litter Movement you don't have to fill in forms or pay membership fees. All you need to do is to pick up a piece of litter every day and put it in a rubbish bin. Also invite at least one person to join the Litter Movement. Being a member is foremost a personal commitment.