You must BE the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

MCI takes every opportunity to create awareness that cleanliness expresses community involve

About Remco

Remco Van Santen is a retired Director of the chemical industry consultancy Chemlink with bachelor degrees in science and economics and a masters degree in business administration. In his career he has chaired and made key note addresses relating to chemicals in Australia where he resides, and in Asia.

He is a father of three children and lives in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.

Today he is passionately committed to the young people who he sees as having the potential to correct the problems in the environment and live in a more satisfying way.

He started the My Clean concept after a visit to the hill station Nainital in Uttarakhand where he was disappointed by the people pointing to others as the reason for the littering and neglect. Today as a result of a one week visit in 2007, Nainital now has a solid waste program, is cleaner and groups of women volunteers keep the spirit alive. He would have stopped except for an event when he was approached by a group of students seeking permission to him, as a foreigner, to take charge of the main road in Nainital and to keep it clean. Touched by their passion, Remco committed to the My Clean campaign. Today the campaign is active in places ranging from Ajmer, Patna, Agra to Chennai.

Remco spends a couple of months each year in India to support others achieve his vision of a Prosperous and Beautiful Environment through real community spirit. 

In addressing schools, he wants the students to graduate feeling proud of their school and for the teachers to feel that this is without adding to their workload or distracting from the important core scholastic education. He has addressed more than forty schools.

His dream is for the spirit of My Clean in India to inspire other countries as a model of what is possible.




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