Jul 18, 2017

Nelson Mandela Day

On July 18, in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, UNIC Washington teamed up with the South African Embassy to support the Rock Creek Conservancy and clean up trash in a section of Rock Creek Park. Our team of 30 volunteers spent the morning honoring the memory of Nelson Mandela through environmentally-focused community service.  The volunteers removed bags worth of trash from the park and creek bed and separated out recyclables.

Every year on July 18th — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela Day by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.

Volunteers remove trash and plastics from a creek

Volunteers remove trash and plastics from a creek

This year’s activity was an opportunity to work for the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus removing plastics from our waterways.  From creeks to rivers to bays to the ocean, these plastics accumulate and threaten the health of the oceans and the lives and livelihoods of those that depend on them. Responsibility for our environment lies with all of us and starts with small, meaningful actions. Every piece of trash picked up is a step closer to a more sustainable world. A big thank you goes out to all who participated across the globe.

Volunteers gather in front of the South African Embassy's statue of Nelson Mandela

Volunteers gather in front of the South African Embassy’s statue of Nelson Mandela

More photos from the day