On the occasion of Earth Day on April 22 and as part of the “Let’s Clean up the World, Let’s Clean up the Czech Republic” initiative, the U.S. Embassy and the Embassy of Denmark organized a clean-up event on Petrin Hill in downtown Prague on April 20 in cooperation with Ekosmák and Český svaz ochránců přírody. Over 40 diplomats and employees from both embassies, including U.S. Embassy Chargé d´Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith and Embassy of Denmark Chargé d´Affaires Per Brixen, filled more than 70 bags with trash around the Gothic “Hunger Wall” and Petrin funicular.
“Taking care of our environment is part of our service. By keeping our surroundings clean, we show we care for the place where we live,” said Chargé d´Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith at the event kick-off.
Through participation in Earth Day celebrations and in the “Clean up the World, Clean up the Czech Republic” initiative, the U.S. Embassy demonstrates support for a clean city and country, protection of the environment, and volunteerism. The U.S. Embassy has been active in green activities for many years. Examples include: participating in the 2016 park clean-up project; planting tree seedlings in Sumava National Park; hanging bird boxes in Prague 12; helping renovate Stromovka Park after the floods in Prague 7; and participating in the annual “Bike to Work” program.
The U.S. Embassy has also supported many environmental organizations throughout the Czech Republic through its small grants program.