Embassy Organizes River Cleanup on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day on June 5, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo organized a river cleanup along the Akerselva river in Oslo together with the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

It was an international group effort! Representatives from the Peruvian, German, Chilean, Danish, British, and Chinese Embassies were there to take part in the cleanup. Organizations Oslo River Forum, Keep Norway Clean and Rusken were also there. In just 45 minutes, the participants collected all together 19 bags of litter.

Ambassador Braithwaite spoke at the event, and emphasized the importance of doing something for the environment every day, not just on World Environment Day.

World Environment Day was first held in 1974, and has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

Minister of Climate and Energy Ola Elvestuen welcomed the participants..
There was cleaning gear and garbage bags enough for everyone.
Ambassador Braithwaite spoke to the participants and emphasized the importance of doing something for the environment everyday.
Ambassador Braithwaite picking litter along the beautiful Akerselva river in Oslo.
In just 45 minutes, the participants collected all together 19 bags of litter.
The U.S. Embassy river cleanup team. From left: Per Sogge, Anne Christine Lie, Rut Cepeda-Rambek, Patrick Martino and Ambassador Braithwaite.