On the 26th of June we had the pleasure to organize an event called: Run for the environment – let’s go PLOGGING! Orfeas was arranging this event in collaboration with the French organization Kasmad Trips in the frame of the Erasmusplus program. Our short term-volunteer Célina from Le Puy-en-Velay, France, gave us this amazing idea to organize our own plogging event and through this made her own personal project during her stay.
The word ‘plogging’ is a combination of the word plastic and jogging. But of course, you can walk, run or ride your bicycle instead and pick up litter. It started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 and has spread to other countries during 2018, following the increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking. We started at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance of the forest in Xylokastro. But before we were preparing stations along the path in the forest for all of the participants with free water, trash bags, rubber gloves and gadgets to take.
Even when the temperature was at its highest all the participants did a great job and picked a lot of trash. It wasn’t only our short term-volunteers that work for the environmental project that took part in the event. Our volunteers that are working in the Orfeas Office and our projects in the kindergartens participated. Our final result was a big success. After 1,5 hour we collected all the filled bags with trash and threw them out in the big containers. Follow our Facebook and Instagram (Orfeas Organisation/orfeasorganisation) to be updated when we will make an event like this again! Also, check out our partner Kasmad Trips, which organizes a lot of actions like this all-around France.
Remember that when we are more people, we can do more for the environment that we all live in and it’s our common duty to take care of it. So why not make it an eco-sportive and cheerful thing? A healthy body in a healthy environment.