In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Embassy volunteers, led by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, participated in the “Clean up the World, Clean up the Czech Republic” project on April 18. About 30 Embassy staff collected garbage of all kinds on a forested slope of Petrin Hill in central Prague. In the end, almost 50 bags were filled and handed to the Petrin Park maintenance company. The event was co-organized by Ekosmak NGO and the Czech Union of Nature Conservation, which also provided gloves and plastic bags.
“I am glad that a clean environment matters to a growing number of Czechs and Americans. By keeping our surroundings clean, we show that we care for the place where we live and for our community,” said Ambassador Schapiro.
The U.S. Embassy has been active in green activities and has celebrated Earth Day for several years. Examples include planting tree seedlings in the Sumava National Park; hanging bird boxes in Prague 12; helping renovate Stromovka Park after the floods in Prague 7; and participating in the “Bike to Work” program every year. The U.S. Embassy has also supported many environmental organizations throughout the Czech Republic through its Small Grants Program.