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Preventing water crises

Shaping attitudes the Danish way: free kayaking in return for picking up waste

Protecting our waters against pollution is in all our interests. It is no accident that an increasing number of initiatives are trying to engage society at large in taking part in the protection of the environment. The Danish NGO GreenKayak, for instance, offers free kayaking in locations around Northern Europe and all they ask in return is that kayakers should pick up waste they find in the water along the way.

In addition to Denmark, GreenKayak has other locations in cities in Ireland, Germany and Norway, too, where locals and tourists can discover waterways for free, and even get to locations that would be very difficult to reach any other way.

You can go kayaking free of charge in exchange for picking up waste, so in many European cities we can now do something for the environment on the water Photo: Facebook/GreenKayak

All the participants need to do while out kayaking is to pick up the waste they find in the water, and to post about their adventure afterwards on social media, so as to let more and more people know about this great opportunity.

„The NGO GreenKayak is an environmental initiative aimed at reducing the amount of waste in aquatic environments – locally and globally – through knowledge sharing, dissemination, networking and interacting activities…”

This is one of the slogans of GreenKayak, an organisation that has numbers to prove its success. Since 2017, more than a thousand volunteers have collected over 10 tonnes of waste in the ports of Copenhagen and Aarhus, and, thanks to their expansion, those numbers keep growing.

The kayaks are two-seaters, so environmentally conscious kayaking can be a great idea for couples,
but this alternative form of touring the cities is also a lot of fun in groups. Users always wear life vests, and a plastic barrel is provided in the middle for collecting the waste they find. In addition to kayaking, the initiative can also be supported with donations or buying a membership card, which contribute to further development and expansion of the scheme.

Video: YouTube/GreenKayak
Further information: Lonely Planet

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