“Be the change you wish to see,” is the quote that inspired Vivek Gurav, the 27-year-old who has completed his Master’s in environmental policy and management from the University of Bristol.
“Plogging is basically jogging and picking up litter simultaneously,” Gurav a.k.a. the Plog Man told iGlobal in an interview.
Gurav is currently on a “30 City Plogging Tour”, in which he will visit cities across the UK to raise awareness about climate change. The word plogging combines “jogga” (jogging) with “plocka upp” (a pick-up), a Swedish concept and the Indian student’s plogging mission in the UK has seen him visit cities like Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and Exeter, with many more still to cover.
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During his work over the years, Gurav has seen communities across the world employ “localised solutions” to solve problems in “indigenous ways”. To further facilitate this type of indigenous problem-solving, Gurav is currently working on setting up a nation-wide sustainability forum, which aims to provide a platform for people across the world to exchange their ideas, voice opinions and share solutions for others to adapt.
It came in the wake of the young plogger picking up the Points of Light Award from former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in recognition of his clean-up efforts. He then headed over to COY17 in Egypt – the youth version of COP27 climate summit – where he spoke about climate change and the actions we must take to stop it.
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“We do not need one person or the government to do anything; It’s a collaborative action that needs to be taken so that we all can fight against climate change together,” says Gurav, on what he has learnt from his plogging experiences.
And, the fact that “climate change does not wait for our comfort zones” is the message Gurav wants to send out with his ongoing UK tour.
*Info: Points of Light