Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in South and Southeast Europe, located within the Balkans. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city. Bosnia and Herzegovina is bordered by Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast, and Croatia to the north and southwest.
„Let’s Do It“ is a project in Bosnia and Herzegovina started in 2012 and by now it had 189.211 volunteers in its actions of cleaning illegal landfills and planting trees, who cleaned around 13.500 tons of waste and planted 471.491 of seedlings of different trees. Volunteer actions „Let’s Do It- clean up the country in 1 day” and “Let’s Do It- million seedlings in 1 day” were organized in 115 municipalities until now and the aim is to involve all municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Let’s Do It” in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of a global “Let’s Do It World” movement, which includes 113 countries and which has more than 18.000.000 volunteers. Official organizers of “Let’s Do It” volunteer actions in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Association of Citizens “Ruke” from Sarajevo.
“Let’s Do It” is driving force of many positive social changes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With our work, we want to bring hope for better tomorrow to the population and a belief that this country can be better and more beautiful place for life. We want to present our country as one of country with clean water/ rivers and mountains, as a country of hospitality and good people, as a country where everyone lives from their work, as multi-religious and multinational country where people think of their differences as of treasure and where all problems are solved peacefully.
The next big clean-up action will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021, throughout BiH.
The next big action of planting trees will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021, throughout BiH.
The project Eco Challenge ”Make Your Country More Beautiful” will contribute to rising of environmental awareness of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina through implementing concrete voluntary eco actions like cleaning and tree planting in their local communities. The project will encourage, engage and award the best local initiatives.
As we are aware of the importance that only one tree has for each person, as well as the fact that trees are constantly used as raw material or semi-finished products, which often leads to too much difference between the number of cut and planted trees, every year we as a team contributed by planting new seedlings.
From the very beginning of Let’s Do It in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a large number of volunteers has been part of afforestation activities throughout our country. Every year, the biggest final activities are organized in October, and have become a traditionally recognizable time of gathering of citizens in order to improve the state of the environment through the process of afforestation.
From 2013 to 2019, a total of 7 such activities was held, and every year the number of interested volunteers and thus planted seedlings grew. In addition to the annual central and largest planting activities, which gathered the largest number of volunteers, numerous smaller activities were held at various locations. Ultimately, this number is 471,491 seedlings, which is already an enviable number, but that number is of course constantly growing.
In the world we live in, a lot happens in one day. 100,000 hectares of tropical forests are cut down, 13,000 tons of toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere and 130 animal and plant species become extinct forever. In one day, if millions of volunteers around the world come together, everything can change and together we can move one step forward in preserving the entire planet Earth.
This is also the reason why the Let’s Do It team from Bosnia and Herzegovina organizes a big cleaning activity every year “Let’s Do It - Clean the Earth in 1 Day”. This activity is known worldwide as World Clean-Up Day, of which we are a part, and it is a positive fact that an increasing number of volunteers are joining the cleaning on this day around the world.
With the significant support of foreign organizations and the support of domestic sponsors and partners, Let's Do It has successfully since its inception, in 2012, in the course of next 10 years organized annual, large and central activities, as well as a huge number of smaller activities for only a coordinating team or a small number of citizens. The mentioned smaller activities are a kind of overture to what awaits us every September, when the largest number of citizens gather to give their contribution to the cleaning of the city and its surroundings.
With the help of volunteers and in cooperation with utility companies, a total of 13,500 tons of waste was collected and disposed of. What we show year after year is that with our enthusiasm and commitment we can take matters into our own hands and work together to clean up our streets, cities, rivers, lakes and mountains. We are especially happy, encouraged and motivated by the fact that people are more and more interested in participating in these activities, and we believe that there will be more and more of us in the future.