LIBERA project: Record-breaking second edition of cooperative litter (basuraleza) cleanup beats record with over 10,700 volunteers, twice the previous best

This figure means that the second edition of this enormous cooperative cleanup has beaten the record, with double the number of heroes turning out to free natural spaces from litter. The ‘1m2 por la naturaleza’ (1plus2 for nature) initiative, took place simultaneously at 415 points around Spain. It has become a leading citizen environmental care event and forms part of the Libera project to raise awareness of the problem of litter in natural spaces.

Over 10,700 volunteers turned out today to halt the environmental catastrophe of littering in natural spaces. This figure means that the second edition of the ‘1m2 por la naturaleza’ campaign has broken the participation record, with double the number of heroes devoting their free time to cleaning Spain’s natural environment. This great collective, nationwide event is organised by SEO/BirdLife in cooperation with Ecoembes.

 Thanks to each and every one of the #LIBERAheroes, the campaign was held simultaneously at 415 points around the country, twice as many as last year. The initiative encompassed all types of natural spaces (sea and river environments, as well as terrestrial ecosystems). Cleanups were carried out in spaces of great environmental value, including the Guadarrama National Park (Madrid); the Monfragüe National Park (Cáceres); Matalascañas (Huelva); the Magdalena Beach (A Coruña), the Langre Beach (Cantabria), Cabo de Hueras (Alicante), the las Arenas Beach (Vizcaya), the Sanabria Lake National Park (Zamora), Palma de Mallorca Port (Balearic Islands) and the Orio Beach (Guipúzcoa).

 The initiative also had the support of social organisations such as Anse, the Fundación Oso Pardo, the Fundación Limne, the PROMEMAR association, Paisaje Limpio and Océanidas. The latter organisation cooperated though the creation of 24 subsea cleaning points. All this is indicative of concern over the problem of littering in natural spaces and highlights the fact that with the cooperation of all, this silent catastrophe can be averted. The Fundación Reina Sofía is also cooperating in the dissemination of information about this campaign and other Libera project initiatives. Moreover, the employees of many companies, including Telefónica, BBVA and Unilever, cleared litter from 100 points, while a number of town councils, including those of Huesca and Alcorcón, participated directly in the initiative.

The event also featured widespread participation from the Autonomous Communities. ‘1m2 por la naturaleza’ featured 90 cleanup points in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, 50 in Castilla y León, 45 in Andalusia, 26 in Catalonia, and 36 in Valencia, to cite but a few examples.