On Saturday 17 September, staff of the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands were joined by local volunteers in an extraordinary effort to protect and improve the environment for future generations.

As part of the global environmental campaign 'Clean Up the World', the volunteers walked the streets of Honiara picking up rubbish and discussing environmental awareness with passers-by.

Acting High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles, who led the clean-up, expressed his appreciation for the efforts of local volunteers.

"Through their enthusiasm and hard work, the volunteers have shown that the people of Honiara really do care about the state of the environment, and are willing to do something practical about it.

"Together we are addressing the problem of litter and helping to clean up our planet for the sake of future generations."

The event was part of one of the world's most successful community-led global environment campaigns, Clean Up the World. The campaign involves an estimated 35 million volunteers in 130 countries each year, uniting them in a common goal to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

"The Australian High Commission understands the needs of their local environment, and should be congratulated for taking leadership in Honiara," said Ian Kiernan AO, founder and Chairman of Clean Up the World.

"Clean Up the World empowers people across the globe to join together to do something about local environmental issues. I thank the volunteers of Honiara for their outstanding efforts."

Clean Up the World originated in Sydney, Australia in 1993 and is held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The campaign brings together non-government organisations, community groups, schools, governments, businesses and individuals to undertake activities to improve water quality, clean up local streets, parks, waterways and forests and educate children about the environment.

Source: Press Release, Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands