IN Kathmandu, Nepal, public garbage is not collected because there is no dump site. The streets are covered in refuse and the stench unbearable. A health crisis is imminent. The country, having participated in Clean Up the World this year, is now creating a new dump site. Hundreds of citizens staged a boating rally at the Sydney Harbour, 'Protect Our Pacific', to protest against France's nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. In the Philippines, there is a competition for the cleanest city. Children are environmentally educated through interactive theatre, dancing and artistic competitions. A major recycling programme kicked off in Thailand. One in four Koreans are now involved in the new 'Let's Reduce the Garbage' and 'Save our Streams' projects. The Middle East is tackling problems of contaminated water and encroachment of desert lands. At least eight countries including Zimbabwe, Greece and Poland, have adopted a national clean-up day. From one big clean-up event, Clean Up the World has now inspired countries to start tackling longer term environmental problems.