Plog for Change: Delhi Kids Set Example for All on World Environment Day!

Scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with breaks every two hours, the team began the first day by cleaning up the school playgrounds and retrieved over 100 bags of trash.

Plogging is a Scandinavian fitness trend which combines jogging with picking up waste, and is currently being hailed as the “most 2018 fitness trend” across the globe. India, too, is warming up to this new trend and many environmentally conscious people have already hosted plogging drives across the country.

In fact, we had recently written about how Jacob Cherian, a waste warrior from Bengaluru, was organising plogging parties to drive home the message of picking up waste, by making it an enjoyable task. You can read more about it here.

To celebrate World Environment Day, Jacob took his environmental crusade a notch above by teaming up with Magic Bus, a non-profit organisation, for a plogging initiative which would clean up ten different neighbourhoods in the national capital over a span of three days beginning today.

However, unlike the previous events he has been a part of, over 1000 kids from government schools will attend this plogging party as participants!

Jacob with schoolkids.

“This is the first time I am working with kids, and that too, without their parents. Collaborating with kids is a very different experience. Hats off to the Magic Bus team for pulling off a large number like this, with over 350 participants today,” says Jacob to The Better India.

Scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with breaks every two hours, the team began the first day by cleaning up the school playgrounds and retrieved over 100 bags of trash, which was later audited by kids themselves for categories of waste.

“We have an approximate proportion of plastic bottles to plastic bags, to packaging, to clothing waste. The kids took the onus to clean up their playgrounds, and that was fantastic. We hope they hold on to this approach. It is essential that they get educated so that they can go home and teach at least five more people about the importance of segregation, recycling, and reducing wastage,” he adds.

Here are the pictures of today’s work:

The waste audit.

About nine government senior secondary schools were part of the plogging drive that was convened by Magic Bus in collaboration with HERO Motors under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

Magic Bus is one of the largest poverty alleviation programmes in India that has worked with 400,000 children and 10,000 youth across 22 States and 77 districts of India while taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods.

“A Plogging Party is a fun and active way of involving children in taking care of their environment. We are grateful to HERO for supporting the cause and also to Jacob Cherian for leading the way with this initiative,” says Jyoti Sharma, Regional Director-North, Magic Bus.

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The next two days will witness the young volunteers plog across different neighbourhoods in West and North Delhi.

What makes the initiative exceptional is the involvement of children. Drawing their attention to pertinent issues like plastic waste and environmental pollution might lead them to opt for a sustainable way of living at a young age and also motivate the elders around them.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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