High schools come together to help clean up the coast

The two schools collected more than 15 bags of rubbish, such as cans, plastics and, most of all, cigarette butts.

Thursday 13th May 2021 – ÁLVARO MONFORT with Mike Smith


The Erasmus+ project “Little Green Steps, Big Global Changes”, which has been initiated by IES Antoni Llidó, continues in its journey, adding new followers under the premise that, through small steps, great changes can be achieved in society and in the way that it interacts with its environment.

The school has been joined by students from IES Nº.1 which shares objectives with the proposal “Learning Sustainability” which aims to look at the notion that even the healthiest and seemingly simple activity can become a shock to the planet.

Thus, the two high schools in Xàbia have come together for “Plogging”, a Swedish concept that combines exercise with care for the environment through the collection of the so-called “rubbish”.

IES Number 1 joins this cause – which shares objectives with its proposal “Learning sustainability” – to see that even the healthiest and seemingly simple activity can become a shock to the planet. Thus, the two institutes of Xàbia have embark of a racing initiative called Plogging, the sport of Swedish origin that combines exercise with care for the environment through the collection of the so-called “garbage”.

Students and teachers from IES Antoni Llidó began their “race” at the port end of the Muntanyar I whilst those of IES Nº.1 started at Punta del Arenal. Both groups began their “plogging” experience by running along the coast between the two points and collecting rubbish that they came across until they met in the middle and shared their experiences. In total, more than 15 bags were filled with rubbish, including cans, plastic items, fishing lives and, above all, cigarette butts.

The commitment of the two high schools is in addition to that already carried out by other schools in Xàbia as well as local and regional groups, and there is a clear purpose: to keep the coast free of rubbish that contaminates flora and fauna to minimize the dire consequences for the future that might lead to civil unrest.

Both IES Antonio Llidó and IES Nº.1 have joined two international projects, the former getting together with schools in the Austrian Tyrol, whilst the latter with three other European education centres.


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