Clean Up Australia Day – 7th March

Feb. 18, 2021

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Here at 2Simple, we support Clean Up Australia using Purple Mash, with a huge variety of resources and activities you can use to ensure your students learn about the importance of this.

The initiative began thirty years ago and was the inspiration of one man, Ian Kiernan who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event. Today the focus is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already accumulated.

The official Clean Up day is 7th March and there are lots of ways to get involved. Schools Clean up Day is Friday 5th March and is a great way to inspire your students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment while playing an active role in their community.  It’s a day when students and teachers work together to clean up an area which is special to them, it can be the playground, a local park it’s totally up to the school and students. You can register to create a clean up and make use of some excellent resources from Cool Australia.

Purple Mash Resources

We have a range of resources on Purple Mash that can be used on the day or throughout the month of March. Students could look at the waste issues facing us, looking at packaging food waste and fast fashion. They could then create a poster to encourage others to take action to move towards more recycling and eventually a circular economy. If the school is taking part in Clean Up day they could use this report to write about what they found and how to prevent this from moving forward. Another great activity would be for students to design their own recycling symbol that they could use in school to promote recycling within the school community.

Clean up Australia are also asking students and communities who are getting involved to share their pledges of how they will step up to help. You can share your pledge and work using the hashtags #CleanUpAustraila and #StepUpToCleanUp. Whatever you do on the day, we would love to see your work, please share either on our Twitter or Facebookpages.