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Every year, vast amounts of trash end up in the world's oceans. Millions of tons of plastic pollute nature. A large proportion of this waste ends up in the oceans via rivers - mainly in Asia, but also in Europe. This must be prevented.
We are cleaning up the Danube from its source to its mouth - but we are first starting in the German-speaking countries. Together with our partners, we want to free the banks of the Danube from waste. The goal is to create awareness that trash should not be carelessly thrown away or, better yet, avoided in the first place!
The Danube is the second longest river in Europe: almost 3000 kilometers. It rises in Germany, more precisely in Baden-Württemberg, and flows into the Black Sea. On its way, it flows through many countries of Central and Southeastern Europe: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Four capitals are also located on the Danube: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade.
The ancient Romans already knew the Danube and called it Danubia. At that time it was the northern border of the Roman Empire for a long time. Even later, parts of the river served as a border, for example between Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. But the Danube did not only separate countries and peoples: it has always been one of the most important waterways through Europe.