We were all made aware within the news last Friday how thousands of kids went “on strike” regarding our planet. For years we have taken no notice of the deforestation and the amount of rubbish, junk and waste especially plastic that is being dumped in our seas, countryside etc. It’s sad that it has taken our next generation to finally speak up and rally and protest among the streets to hopefully get someone within the government to declare a climate emergency.
These protests hit the national headlines as it happened in major towns and cities across the UK but it is all part of a wider global movement stretching across to Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia have been inspired to hold their own demonstrations.
What dosen’t hit the national news though but does spread across social media is what small groups of individuals are doing to help clean their own towns and here is a prime example of my local town Ashton-under-Lyne and what we are trying to do to eliminate the amount of rubbish and junk that is just simply being fly-tipped!!!
‘Ploglution is in the Air’ was the headline and this is their story.
IF you were near Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, on February 3, it wasn’t revolution you could sense in the air, it was Ploglution.
Plogging is a new activity that combines jogging with picking up litter. Originally London-based it has begun to expand and following a meeting with the council’s Operations and Greenspace Service, Tameside now has the North’s first plogging club – Plogolution.
Members recently held their first event with the help of the Village Hotel, Ashton, and bin bags and litter pickers supplied by Operations and Greenspace.
Almost 30 volunteers took part. They chose between a 2km walk and a 5km run, and managed to clear a large area. Most of what they collected was the usual bottles and tins, but they also found a children’s slide, a power washer, a fire extinguisher and an electric heater.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m
very happy to support Ploglution. What they are doing helps us to achieve two of our key priorities for the borough.
“By jogging they’re encouraging people to be active and stay healthy. By picking up litter, they’re keeping their areas clean and tidy, and showing residents they should take pride in their communities and greenspace.
“Ploglution are setting a fine example and I wish them every success.”
Dermot Kavanagh and Michelle Parkes, the founders of plogging, both came up from London for the February 3 event. It was so successful that a follow-up has been arranged for Sunday, March 10.
The club’s aim is to support fit and happy communities that are dedicated to protecting the environment so that the planet can be handed down to future generations. Plogs help to get rubbish off our streets and away from rivers and seas while raising endorphin levels at the same time.
For more information, or to sign up for the next Ashton plog, visit https://plogolution.com