On October 17, citizens of Kutaisi joined together to rid their town, streets, squares and parks of rubbish, in an initiative organised by Caucasus Business and Development Network. The day of action was coordinated and led by the Association of Peaceful and Business Caucasus, an active member of CBDN, with the support of International Alert.
The aim of the event was to highlight the damage done to our surroundings by lack of care for the environment, and to show that we are jointly responsible for improving the world which we all share. Careless littering of the town with plastic bottles, food wrappers and other materials pollutes vegetation and groundwater, leading to growing environmental degradation. This has a lasting negative effect on both the physical and psychological health of citizens.
Therefore, it was with firm resolve that participants set out to undo the damage done to their town. Representatives of all ages participated; school and university students were especially active, with A. Tsereteli Kutaisi State University organising its own analogous event to cleanse its territory. Altogether, 10 NGOs, 7 governmental departments, 12 businesses, 2 universities and 12 middle schools took part. Representatives from the EUMM were also present to observe the work carried out. Volunteers wore T-shirts and caps with the CBDN logo to show the message of the event: ‘Let’s take care of our environment together’.
The crowd began at the railway station Kutaisi-2, and concluded at the old ‘Electromekhanikosi’. In the process, they cleaned 4 town squares, more than 30 streets, 6 garden squares and 2 parks. Many passers-by were amazed by the extent of the action and interested in the project; throughout the course of the day, participants handed out over 400 CBDN brochures, helping to raise awareness of the work done by the network.