Three U.S. Missions Help Clean Up Rome for Earth Day

Posted by Jean Preston
April 20, 2010
Ambassadors Join Rome Mayor for Earth Day Clean Up Initiative

About the Author: Jean Preston serves as Environment, Science and Technology Affairs Counselor at U.S. Embassy Rome.

On March 17, 2010, U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Díaz, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome Ertharin Cousin were joined by Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno and hundreds of volunteers -- including embassy employees and U.S. and Italian students -- for an early Earth Day celebration.

Armed with gloves and paint, they cleaned tagging from the historic Rome neighborhood of Trastevere. The event was organized in collaboration with the "Retake Rome" group, a grassroots, apolitical organization originally inspired by an American woman resident of Rome and now sponsored by the Garibaldi Foundation. "Retake Rome" is growing dynamically, especially among Italian and expat students from grade school through university. Ambassador Thorne explained to the press about Earth Day, "We have been celebrating it for 40 years, because it was an important event. It's important that citizens have in their hearts respect for the environment." All three ambassadors emphasized their interest in giving back to the community, both the City of Rome that hosts them and also the broader community at large.

Related Entry:Secretary Clinton Delivers Message for 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

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DBM
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United States
April 21, 2010

DBM in U.S.A. writes:

How is painting over other peoples painted messages - a greening effort - if no trees planted, nor trash recycled - was the paint they used low voc and not oil based?

DBM
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United States
April 21, 2010

DBM in U.S.A. writes:

You should include the link to the youtube video that shows the issue and result at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrvLoRLymX8

quite56
April 26, 2010

to paint a big planet you need a bigger tool

Buy it in Homedepot

U

efforts26
April 26, 2010

E writes:

to paint a big planet you need a big tool

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
April 24, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

DBM, I didn't see paint, it looked more like paintstripper they were brushing on before they pressure washed the bridge.

Thanks for the link.

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