1KG FOR THE PLANET - Hikers committed to the environment
The numbers are scary, you know it. Our goal is not to scare you (we hope that you also know it) but to recall the context in which the 1KG FOR THE PLANET project was born.
10 tons of plastic are produced every second in the world
89 billion plastic bottles of water sold each year (we are just talking about bottles of water)
1 billion non-recyclable straws are thrown daily
Only 9% of these plastics are recyclable
60% of wild animals have disappeared in forty-four years
If nothing changes in our consumption, the mass of plastic in the oceans will exceed the mass of fish in 2050
A 1.6 million square kilometer plastic dump floats in the ocean, about three times the size of France
Fish and seafood consumers ingest up to 11,000 microparticles of plastic each year.
The UN has calculated that if we tie together plastic bags consumed in one hour in the world, we could go around the Earth seven times
What should we do? Do we continue to poison ourselves and destroy our planet or do we react?
Action - Reaction
What are we doing? Since February 2018 we are crossing 17 European countries on foot, from Portugal to Istanbul. Along the way, we collect the garbage up to the equivalent of one kilo before throwing it in a proper bin and do it again. Some days we do not collect anything. Others, we pick up several pounds each.
We are not fooling ourselves, pick up the garbage does not reduce their number. Our action with 1KG FOR THE PLANET has two main objectives:
ensure that the maximum amount of waste is treated correctly, ie enter the recycling circuit when possible
preserve natural areas by limiting the presence of toxic materials (such as plastic) on these sites. It also has the merit of making them more welcoming to future visitors who may think twice before throwing their packet of chips on the floor