LAUSANNE, Switz., Sept. 7, 2019—The third-annual World Fencing Day takes place on Saturday, September 7, with a “Fencing for our Planet” theme. As announced recently, “the hope of the FIE is that fencers can show the world that fencing is not just a sport, but a positive state of mind that can benefit both the individual and the communities in which they live. On World Fencing Day, the ‘Fencing for our Planet’ theme is a call-to-action for the worldwide fencing family to show that fencing and fencers care for people and the world”.
In the spirit of this message, and in-line with an office and organization paying increasing attention to sustainability, the staff of the FIE Headquarters in Lausanne collectively decided to plan a beach cleaning near the office and along the shores of Lake Geneva, on a section from Vidy beach to St. Sulpice. Tackling the undisposed garbage issue is a measure benefitting at the same time both human health and the environment.
The FIE HQ organised the initiative with great enthusiasm, in cooperation with two partners:
- Cheval et Environnement, supplying an environmentally friendly means of transport service to dispose of garbage
- ASL (Association for the Conservation of the Leman Lake), providing the tools to pick the garbage abandoned on streets and beaches
The collected items will be inserted in the database of ASL and analysed further, part of a statistical effort aiming to learn more and better understand how to protect Leman Lake. This serves to amplify and broaden the impact of the FIE staff garbage-removal contribution to help even more people and the environment.