We have celebrated Earth Day every April 22 since its inception in 1970. This holiday reminds people to take care of the environment in their communities.
Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Have you ever thought about the fitness craze of plogging?
What is that?
This Swedish trend stems from the idea of exercising and picking up trash. The term combines the word “jogging” and “ploka upp”, which in Swedish means “to pick up”.
It gained popularity in 2016, but people have been doing it for ages and still practice it.
Michael Bain, Store Manager for Big River Running Company in St. Louis, MO, discussed the successful event they hosted for Earth Day 2021.
“Last year we turned one of our weekly group outings into a plogging event. We hiked our usual route which incorporated Francis Park and picked up litter along the way. not recorded the amount of waste accumulated, several bags were full.
Take the garbage bag and the gloves
The advantage of plogging is that you don’t need a lot of equipment. Bain just recommends a trash bag and gloves to handle the trash. Maybe even a disinfectant.
He also suggests choosing a course with plenty of trash cans to keep items carried to a minimum. “If you go to a local park, you can pick up trash on your way, as you go.” No group events planned at this time, but added, “probably in the future”.
It’s not just a local initiative. It’s a global. Need a little motivation. There are many websites and social media bloggers who practice plogging in their communities.
Ripu Daman Bevli from India saw a need in his community and wanted to fill it. He started by picking up trash on his morning run. He then shared his activity with his Facebook group.
From there, he attracted other runners, cyclists, walkers and joggers across India and they formed Ploggers of India, where “cleaning up other people’s trash is the coolest thing to do”. Bevli has helped organize over 500 clean-up campaigns across India.
One doesn’t need a group event or even a vacation to pick up trash in the area. Make it part of your routine.
Attach a plastic grocery bag or two to your dog’s leash, stow plastic gloves in your running belt. Have the sanitizer in your shopping bag. Little things can make a big difference and we can celebrate Earth Day not just today, but every day.