Samutprakarn 25 May 2018 – About 300 volunteers from DT Group of Companies and Shellhut Entertainment gathered at Bang Kachao island for a ‘Blue Plogging’ activity organized by Blue Carbon Society (BCS) to clean up litter and highlight how rubbish, especially plastic items, can damage coastal and marine ecosystems. Water coolers were set up to provide drinking water. Any bags and bottles left by the runners will be collected for proper disposal by Wongpanit, Thailand’s leading private waste recycler.
“Blue Plogging is an activity in line with our organization’s strategies to protect the seas,” said Dr Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp, co-founder of BCS. “Our mission includes promoting the capacity of marine and coastal ecosystems as a carbon storehouse and conserving the biological diversity of marine and coastal ecosystems.”
Khun Thippaporn Ahriyavraromp, co-founder of BCS, added that the activity’s positive impact includes giving endangered species such as sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and horseshoe crabs greater opportunities to live in their natural habitats. Rescuing these marine creatures from plastic debris ensures the balance of marine ecosystems and their function as a ‘blue carbon’ sink.
Plogging is an eco-friendly fitness trend that emerged in 2016 in Sweden and has now spread worldwide. The word ‘plogging’ fuses ‘jogging’ with the Swedish term plocka upp, meaning ‘to pick up’, and refers to running while collecting litter.