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Planet Earth Games set to deliver the U.K's largest Plogathon: An Explainer.

 

 

Planet Earth Games and Plastic Free Exeter have agreed a partnership to deliver a ‘Plogathon’ – which organisers believe could be the biggest plogging event ever delivered in the UK.

What is 'plogging'?

 

Plogging refers to the activity of picking up litter whilst jogging - a Swedish derived term, from "plocka" (to pick up) and "jogga" (to jog). From its beginnings in Sweden in 2016, plogging now represents an increasingly global movement, evidenced by the representation of over 40 countries in the official online “Plogga” group.

 

In Kolar in India, a non-profit initiative - Go Plog - have collected 16 tonnes of dry waste by holding monthly plogging events. Closer to home, Plastic Free Exeter are seeking to replicate such success, holding regular 'plogs' on the last Sunday of every month. Find more information here.

 

 

Planet Earth Games CEO, Chris Broadbent, in attendance at a monthly plogging event in Exeter.

Benefits of Plogging

 

Plogging taps into two major contemporary concerns. The first relates to the environment, specifically plastic pollution. A leading message from Plogga is that "if we don’t act now, our seas will contain more plastic than fish already 2050 as much as 85% of all trash littered on earth will end up in our seas."

The second pertains to the health and fitness. Plogging represents an ideal means to exercise whilst participating in an inclusive and worthwhile activity. According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone.

 

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The Planet Earth Games Plogathon - 6th July

The Plogathon is a central feature of the very first Planet Earth Games - a multi-sport environmental festival happening in Exeter on the 6th July.

Our Plogathon is an organised group plogging event, open to all ages. Entrants will be grouped into sets of up to 15 ploggers and accompanied by a qualified run leader. They will plog in areas set out by Exeter City Council, and participants will be equipped with litter picking equipment.

What's more, in attendance at the event will be the founder of plogging - Erik Ahlström.  


 

Join us on 6th July by booking your tickets here!

website Check out our Planet Earth Games website for more information on the day.

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*Day Pass includes Skateboarding; Raft-building; Paddle-boarding; Canoeing; Walking trails and Cycling.

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