We spent about 36 hours in Ica, Peru, where there were lots of tall narrow homes and shops (often homes above and shops below).
Each morning, the caring, optimistic owners would clean their sidewalk of debris and dirt.
Because we were there for only a short time, I don’t know the details but it appeared that there were small raised platforms where people could put their garbage, as well as designated spots on the street (not in bins but into a pile). At night, it would be picked up. Prior to pick up, it could be blown around/spread about. With that system, litter was inevitable.
Littering is a problem throughout the world.
One solution from an individual: plogging: A Swedish-started craze has come of Canada.
When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
Every litter bit hurts.
Why are you littering:
___ I'm stupid
___ I don't care about my city
___ My mom still cleans up after me
___ All of the above
Plogging - picking up litter while jogging. Here is a clip explaining how a BC lady has incorporated it into her jog.
In addition, I would like to introduce plalking - picking up litter while walking - for those of us who move through the world at a slower pace.
The lady in the video above wears gloves and takes a bag. A pair of small cooking tongs or a grab-it mechanism that can sometimes be found in dollar stores, or a spiked stick might also be helpful if the yewww factor is too strong, even with gloves.
So why should YOU plog or plalk?
Yes, it is kind for the earth and its non-human inhabitants.
Yes, we also benefit from the beauty of cleaner spaces.
But there’s more.
Proper bending builds numerous muscles from the core down.
That's important to anyone who is in their thirties or older. Somewhere in that age range it begins: we need to become more active just to maintain muscle mass.
It's also great for anyone with sensory issues because weight bearing exercise engages proprioceptors.
In case you don’t remember, proprioceptors “are sensors that provide information about joint angle, muscle length, and muscle tension, which is integrated to give information about the position of the limb in space.”
Bending also helps with balance.
And, if there is litter in shrubs and bushes, it might also take a bit of stretching and more balancing to reach the target.
Not a bad for a cost-nothing, no-time-limit, wide-range-of-abilities, kind-to-the-earth activity.
Is the yewwww factor too strong right now? Another way to engage your muscles and work on balance is with our spooner boards.
Don’t be a plogging/plalking virgin. Try it today.
Providing calmness & comfort, learning & laughter,
P.S. I understand the yewww factor but it could be that there aren’t as many germs/bacteria/yucky things on most pieces of litter as we think.
https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=42169.0 Sunlight as a disinfectant.
Often sunlight is mentioned as being able to bleach clothes (great for stains, especially grass stains). Lots of people in Ica depended on the sun to dry clothes. Rooftop clothes lines could be found everywhere.