Plogging, the newly born healthy-cleanliness workout
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is as active on social media as any celebrity. He has got 30 million followers on Instagram, the highest number by any political leader. He has 50 million on Twitter overrunning top Bollywood celebrities including Shahrukh Khan and Salman khan. Recently, during the second informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Chennai he was seen picking up the trash from the Mamallapuram beach during his morning walk. Modi shared his video on social media and urged people for cleanliness. He wrote, “Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes. Also handed over my ‘collection’ to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff. Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy! Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy.”
Plogging: Fitness Cum Cleanliness Drive
Plogging, the term was first coined in 2016 when a Swedish man Erik Ahlström started picking up the trash while going to work and morning walk. Erik, the name behind the origin of Plogging later started his own website ‘Plogga’ to encourage people and organize cleanliness drive. Plogging is combined with two words, jogging and Swedish word Plocka Upp which means picking up. In simple words, it is an effective way to clean up your area while jogging, walking or strolling. People usually carry a trash bag and gloves and pick up the litter on their way while outdoor activities and some people practice Plogging while commuting to their work too.
A Global Fad
Within months after starting, Plogging was adopted worldwide. From Asia to the USA, from Europe to Australia people participated and cleaned up their locals. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen doing it at Mamallapuram beach and before that during the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi-lead BJP said they will be organizing Plogging across the nation. ‘Keep America Beautiful’ is yet another organization which is promoting Plogging in America. In Kolar, Karnataka a non-profit initiative Go Plog organizes the event every month and has collected 16 tons of waste through Plogging. There are several groups on Meetup that organize it frequently on a weekly or monthly basis. Plogging has become a trend and made a great impact with no time. It is a great way to clean your area while keeping yourself fit and healthy.
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