Posted: 21 May 2020
What on earth is Plogging? Turns, out it's a combination of 'Jogging' and “plocka upp”, and it's a global craze!
Still wondering? Read on for this article direct from Clean Up Australia:
With large gatherings banned and social distancing laws in place, we've had to postpone our regular Clean Ups. Yet the amount of plastic waste is surging because of the coronavirus pandemic and it is feared the increase in single-use plastics will have long-term impacts on the environment.
We've heard a lot of you are going a bit stir-crazy with the lockdown and what could be better than getting fitter by picking up litter? So, step up, step out and start PLOGGING, with registrations for the inaugural Clean Up Australia PLOG-A-THON now open!
What's plogging? We're glad you asked! It's the combination of two words “jogging” and the Swedish phrase for pick up, “plocka upp”. It means you keep up your fitness and make a difference – all while maintaining your social distance. And no, jogging is not mandatory –walking, hiking, plodding and paddling are all totally fine! How you participate is entirely up to you – the important part is picking up rubbish as you go.
Parklands Rangers and our Friends and Landcare volunteers have noticed the increase in rubbish in local parks and waterways. We know it's pretty hard to stop those few who do all the littering, but we reckon it's pretty easy to take up plogging!
We'd love to see some plogging action in the local parks and reserves, and encourage you to head to https://www.cleanup.org.au/ and register for the Plog-a-thon fun to get started.