Ever try plogging?
I’d never heard of it until I read an article in The Iceland Review – a paper I took up reading a while ago, both out of interest in Iceland and as a relief from American politics (two summers ago Iceland had the largest turnout for a referendum in its history. The issue? The Mackerel quota. Now, isn’t that a nice change from our own politics?)
But back to plogging. Plogging, it transpires, is a new trend that began in Sweden in 2016 and is both healthy and good for the environment. It has caught on in Iceland, with pictures of the president of Iceland plogging around the Presidential Residence. A Facebook group called Plokk á Íslandi has 1,200 members.
So what is plogging? The word derives from the Scandinavian word that cognates with English “pluck,” and by extension “pick up.” This mashes up with “jogging” – and there you have it: combining jogging (or walking) with picking up litter.
The Iceland Review concludes: “Einar Bárðarson, communications manager of Hafnarfjörður municipality near Reykjavík created the group. He says spring is a great season to go plogging. ‘This is the perfect time, when garbage is prominent and easy to pick up,’ he remarked. ‘It’s easily visible in green areas and a lot of it is showing up now from under the snow. It’s great to be physically active and beautify the environment along the way.'”
Might be a good thing to get started in Edmonds!
— By Nathaniel Brown