If you are on social media, chances are that you have seen #plogging popping up.
And if you haven't, well maybe you should and I will explain you what it is...
The term plogging comes from the Swedish word "Plocka upp" which means to pick up (in this case rubbish) and combines it with Jogging. Yes, you guessed right, plogging is picking up rubbish while running, a way of being sporty while being socially involved - fitting perfectly within a sustainable lifestyle.
Now, was inventing a word for it really necessary?
Maybe not, and maybe making it into an hashtag wasn't either. But if it gets more people involved into cleaning our environment - why not?
Rubbish and particular plastic rubbish is a great polluting problem, as my readers are aware (and if you are a new reader then I recommend to look at articles in the environment, marine conservation, recycling or waste category).
But here comes the best part of plogging: I believe is more than just a benefit for the environment! Plogging is in fact a social event, whether you actually do it with friends or share your achievements on social medias.
As L.J Hanifan said in his book titled the "social capital": "The individual is helpless socially, if left to himself. If he comes into contact with his neighbor, and they with other neighbors, there will be an accumulation of social capital, which may immediately satisfy his social needs and which may bear a social potentiality sufficient to the substantial improvement of living conditions in the whole community. The community as a whole will benefit by the cooperation of all its parts, while the individual will find in his associations the advantages of the help, the sympathy, and the fellowship of his neighbors."
So.. let's all go plogging this weekend!
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