Plogging is the new trend that runs in social media now. It gained attention after the Indian Prime Minister had tweeted about it on his social media page.
What is plogging?
Is it something the Indian Prime Minister started? No, it was an activity that was started in Sweden around 2016. It comes from the word jogging and Swedish words for pick up, ‘plocka upp.’ The basic idea is to pick up the litter while jogging. This was started as an activity to get rid of plastic waste. So, even if the criticism of Prime Minister doing it for the cameras or not, so far by the comments tweeted on social media, it’s a good cause.
Why Should We Do It?
This is not something you are not aware of, but you might have neglected. Plastic is swallowing the planet. There may not be any place where you do not find plastic. You can see it on roads, on water bodies, and even in the tummies of many animals. The amount of plastic in the ocean is very high that it is destroying the ecosystem and creating major problems in the environment.
Finding possible solutions, reducing the usage of plastics, using eco-friendly alternatives is the need of the hour. Plogging is one thing everyone can do. Individuals can collect plastic litter on the way they go jogging. The collected litter should be disposed of properly. This could prove to be a great way to keep our environment clean as well.
Plogging is a good exercise as well. Not only is jogging involved but also bending and squats. This is very effective for the body. Some say that plogging is even more effective than jogging alone. It can be in a way called ecology friendly exercise. A clean environment and good exercise in one go is something which can make a better change for the present and future.
A healthy body and mind cannot exist without a healthy environment. Each person could make an impact. What is required is the willingness to do it. Getting dirty for a good cause is the new trend. Let’s keep aside the politics part and start thinking for a healthy nature.
Amrutha A. Varma