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Plogging, the latest idea to clean up Ireland’s wild places and all it involves is picking up some trash on your daily run.
If you are a regular runner on Irish roads then we’re sure, like us, you’ve shaken your head in despair at the amount of litter strewn in the hedges or on the paths. But have you ever cared enough to do something about it?
Steven Moody is one such runner that has stepped up to do his bit. He is a self-confessed plogger. A plogger or the verb ‘to plog’ is when you pick up at least one piece of litter on your walk, jog, or run. Steven has embraced the Swedish concept and he is trying to develop a community of ploggers. And he wants you to join him!
“Essentially I am trying to encourage runners, walkers, joggers, dog walkers to plog as part of their daily/weekly outdoor routines. Plogging is a concept started in Sweden where a person picks up and bins a piece of plastic each time they are outdoors.
“As a runner, this appeals to me immensely as I am constantly disheartened by the amount of litter I see wherever I run and wonder why is this always the case. So I personally started picking up some litter every time I am out and thought what would happen if everyone did the same, as surely there are more civic-minded people who want a clean country than there are litterbugs?”
If 200 people plogged every day that would take 62,000 pieces of plastic off our roads in 2018!
We are loving the simple concept and all of us here at Outsider HQ have vowed to become Ploggers too. Let’s get behind this initiative and try and make this into something special. We are starting small but the important thing is that we are starting. If 200 people plogged every day that would take 62,000 pieces of plastic off our roads in 2018!
Head on over to Facebook and like the Plogging page to find out more.
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By Orla O'Muiri
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