While procrastinating this weekend instead of doing the mountain of homework that I have, I read an article that -let’s say- amazed me. Why? well, because is something that I haven’t been witness of and it seems that is gaining a lot of coverage from the media. This thing originated and is currently happening in Sweden… I’m talking about PLOGGING! Plo-what?! Better described by our friends from the British newspaper The Telegraph, plogging is…
participants picking up plastic litter while jogging!
Ploggers -as they are described by World Economic Forum- have been spotted in different cities such as Paris. Quite amazing don’t you think so? Well, if it’s not amazing for you I want you to remember that we live in a world where each year produces 1.3 BILLION TONNES of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and is expected to produce 2.5 BILLION TONNES by 2025 (World Bank, 2010)… trust me that not all of this trash is treated correctly, so yeah, going out to do some exercise and ending up cleaning the streets seems a funny activity to do 😀
What do you think about this practice? I find it really awesome because it’s about humans working together for a better environment. Now, I’m not asking you to go out right away jogging to pick up trash, but what about next time that you are walking and you see a cup, a plastic bag or bottle on the floor and you pick it up and put it in the trash can? I can assure you that it will make you feel great (I’ve tried it many times), and who knows, if someone else sees you doing that you may transmit this positive action to someone else! Don’t be scare and pick up some rubbish! 😀
See this video posted on WEF’s FB page about plogging! And read some info here.
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