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  • Writer's pictureNathalia Fisher

The Coastline Runner, Luke Douglas Home, to represent Britain in the World Plogging Championships

Britain's “Coastline Runner”, Luke Douglas Home, is making waves in the fight against plastic pollution in our ocean. He has already prevented 650 kg of plastic from entering our ocean. He collects plastic pollution as he runs large stretches of the UK coastline in his ‘Vibram FiveFingers’ running shoes. Luke will be representing Britain at the World Plogging Championships in Genoa, Italy, this autumn, where he aims to clean up even more plastic pollution and raise awareness of the "plastification of our ocean."


The Coastline Runner collecting plastic pollution

His one pair of Vibram FiveFingers running shoes has prevented 75 kg of plastic pollution from entering the ocean so far and has run 160 Km on roads, beaches, canals, and even water. Let’s see how much plastic he can prevent from entering our seas with this one pair of shoes.

Date

Place

Km/Kg

8th of June

Folkestone

10 Km - 1 bag of waste

19th of June

Galveston Texas

20 Km - 3 bags

22nd of June

Buffalo Park, TX

20 Km - 3 bags

​13th of July

London Canal

20 Km - 4 bags

21st of July

London Canal

20 Km - 4 bags

28th of July

Norfolk

10 Km - 2 bags

2nd of August

London Canal

20 Km - 4 bags

8th of August

Greece

10 Km - 1 bag

11th of August

Greece

10 Km - 1 bag

20th of August

Norfolk

10 Km - 2 bags

Total

75 Kg of waste

150 Km - 24 bags of waste


The Coastline Runner

Andrew Jamieson, Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council, initially applauded the beginning of the Coastline Runner initiative when it started, and is thrilled that Luke is still raising awareness and driving systemic change to reduce plastic pollution. The Times has described Luke as the "Litter picking Forrest Gump" and is known for his engagement with councils, landlords, and local initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.


"To be surrounded by people aware, engaged, and active in this problem will be wonderful, let alone winning any World Plogging Championship medals for GB!" says Luke.


Luke will travel to the World Plogging Championship by "the least emitting modes of travel possible - plogging, hitchhiking, train and by bus.” He will be documenting all here and on Instagram, so make sure to follow the journey!



Luke with school pupils in Northumberland
Luke photographed in Northumberland’s Newbiggin by Sea with local school pupils (copyright LDH) at the start of his run to Alnmouth.

Plastic pollution is a global issue, and Luke's efforts show that we can all do our part to reduce it. Let's support the Coastline Runner and work together to protect our planet for future generations.


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