Umi to Nihon Project Public Relations Office Elementary school students from Muroran’s Boy Scout Muroran 1st Group jogging while cleaning up the beach CHANGE FOR THE BLUE in Hokkaido Plogging Sports Day was held!

Sea and Japan Project Public Relations Office
Elementary school students from Muroran’s Boy Scout Muroran 1st Group jogged while cleaning up the beach CHANGE FOR THE BLUE in Hokkaido [Plogging Sports Festival] was held!
November 6, 2022 [Muroran Itanki Beach]

The CHANGE FOR THE BLUE in Hokkaido Executive Committee held the Plogging Sports Festival in Muroran Itanki Beach on November 6th (Sun) in collaboration with the Boy Scout Muroran 1st Group.
Plogging is a form of fitness that originated in Sweden, where you pick up trash while jogging. this time in Tokyo
Under the guidance of a Plogging Japan specialist instructor, we will plan and hold a “Plogging Athletic Meet” specializing in elementary school students.
This event will be held as part of the “Umi to Nihon Project: CHANGE FOR THE BLUE”, a marine litter countermeasure project promoted by The Nippon Foundation. The purpose is to raise awareness and create opportunities to think about the marine litter problem from familiar places.
So far, we have held and participated in two of the three seas surrounding Hokkaido: Enbetsu Town (Japan Sea coast) and Okoppe Town (Okhotsk Sea coast). has also been well received. And this time, it was held in Muroran City on the Pacific coast, and it was an event where children could experience the “marine litter problem” while having fun and make it their own.
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Event overview
・Overview: Eiichiro Tsuneda, representative of Plogging Japan, devised a “sports day” program for elementary and junior high school students. While trying to improve the physical strength of elementary and junior high school students in Okoppe Town, we picked up litter on the beach. ・ Date and time: November 6, 2022 (Sunday) 13:30-15:00
・Venue: Muroran Itanki Beach
・Participants: 11 Cub Scouts from the Boy Scout Muroran Group 1, 1 Boy Scout ・Cooperating organization: Plogging Japan
The “Plogging Sports Festival” where children can improve their physical strength and pick up trash at the same time is a big hit! The aim is to encourage people to run with all their might, laugh, and feel exhilarated after participating in the event, asking “Why?”, “Why?”, and “What should we do?” As a “Plogging Sports Festival” was planned and held. Hokkaido is said to have the worst physical fitness test results of children in the country, but the plogging sports day on the day was very lively. It seemed that the interest in fitness called “plogging” that can be enjoyed has deepened. At the Plogging Sports Day, after warming up the body sufficiently with “one leg balance” that also serves as a warm-up exercise and “chasing game” of 6 people against 6 people, they are divided into a demon team called “Plogging tag game” and a run away team, so as not to be caught by the demon. The first event was to pick up trash while running.
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Make “marine garbage” your own! An opportunity to think about the problem of marine litter in my hometown
After picking up garbage, check the type of garbage. A lot of plastic waste was dumped especially on the beach. Some children found “syringes” and “bottles written in foreign languages”.
The children seemed to be surprised by the amount of garbage, as they were familiar with the seaside scene. It seems that blogging has given him a chance to think about the problem of marine litter in his hometown.
We collected the garbage we picked up and discussed with everyone, “Why is it falling here?”, “What should we do to get rid of this?”, and “What can we do?” In the end, adults also participated, and together we collected 35 bags of garbage.
From next year, the Boy Scout Muroran 1st Group will continue to pick up litter on the coast of Muroran, where they live, and continue the “Plogging Sports Festival”, which will also help them build up their stamina.
Voices of participating children
・”Don’t throw garbage outside” (10-year-old girl)
・”It was a lot of fun picking up trash together” (10-year-old boy) ・”I want to try again” (7 years old, female)
・”I learned that there are various types of garbage!” (9-year-old boy) ・”I was surprised to see more plastic waste than I expected” (11-year-old girl) ・”It was like a game and it was fun” (11-year-old girl)
・”There was a lot of garbage on the rope” (6-year-old boy)
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-Muroran Itanki Beach-
Itanki Beach is a sandy beach (about 1.7 km) facing the Pacific Ocean. It has been confirmed that this is the first narrating sand beach in Hokkaido. *There are more than 30 singing sands nationwide, and two in Hokkaido.
Singing sand is said to be an “environmental barometer” and is very susceptible to the environment. Even if the sand itself is in good condition, it will not sound if it is mixed with impurities. On the coast, various kinds of garbage such as plastic containers and plastics dumped from the land and ships are washed up on the coast almost every day.
Citizens’ groups and others are currently conducting voluntary conservation activities such as observation and cleaning of the Itanki Hamanari Sand Beach.
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Muroran Itanki Beach
-Boy Scout Muroran Group 1-
Established in 1950 (Showa 25). It has a history of about 70 years. We are working to make children feel the importance of learning through practice (experience) and relationships with friends, just as important as studying and learning at school and lessons.
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-Organization Profile-
Organization name: CHANGE FOR THE BLUE in Hokkaido Executive Committee URL:
Activities: We aim to create a movement to coexist with the sea by communicating the current state of the sea in Hokkaido.
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In 2018, as part of the Nippon Foundation’s “Umi to Nihon Project”, the goal is to raise the awareness of society as a whole that “no more litter will be thrown into the sea” by making the problem of marine litter a personal matter for each and every citizen. This project has been underway since November 2011.
We will collaborate with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and citizens to create a marine litter reduction model and disseminate it both domestically and internationally.
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The Nippon Foundation “Sea and Japan Project”
The sea supports the lives of Japanese people in various ways, and sometimes gives us peace of mind, excitement, and inspiration. This is an all-Japan project in which children and people all over the country see the current state of environmental deterioration in the sea as something that belongs to them, and spread the circle of action to pass on the sea to the future. is.

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