For about 35 years I have been going out into nature and drawing strength and recreation for my life from my encounters with it. Now it's time to give something back!
I consider the garbage collection campaign a symbolic act of reparation. There is a great need for action, especially among 40 - 50 year olds, because we, the boomers, have experienced and lived prosperity and consumption like no one before us. It gives me great pleasure to see that a very committed generation of environmental activists is growing up, and that the signs are pointing to action. The impending climate catastrophe calls on each of us to change something. No one who cares about our planet and its oceans can and should shirk it.
Even a middle-aged man like me is asked to face his responsibility towards this planet and to make a difference. If young and old act together, we can do it!
True to the motto:
There is nothing good unless you do it.
Or, for those who prefer it international:
Don't talk the talk - walk the walk.
The BBC campaign is intended to draw attention to the problem of plastic waste on the planet, to focus on the idea of marine waste disposal and to show that the organization One Earth - One Ocean e.V. has already been in existence for ten years, in which people are actively committed to cleaning up our oceans.
For the tour I deliberately chose an electrified cargo bike from German production, because I want to prove what such a bike can withstand. At the same time, I see a Cargobike as the logical and practical answer for an environmental change of transport policy in cities and rural areas. Sell your second car and get a cargo bike as a green replacement.
In addition, I make the "greener choice" in equipment wherever possible and show what is also in this area, now possible. Therefore, I am particularly proud and happy about my partners who support me on this tour.
I use our project to collect donations for the great environmental organization One Earth - One Ocean e.V.
On April 14, 2022, at 2 p.m., we started the project. The starting point was the Globetrotter headquarters at Wiesendamm 1 in Hamburg from there it went on to the port and from there along the Elbe, always towards the North Sea ...
When I returned to Hamburg on June 18th, it was 95 days and a little more than 7200 km around the North Sea and Baltic Sea that I cycled. Except for three days, I only slept in tents, on campsites, to have the opportunity to charge the battery overnight, but often also wildly in nature.
Most of the trash was collected along the streets, but also many beach cleanups showed me that we still have a huge task ahead of us if we want to get the plastic problem under control. In the end, 129 kg of rubbish came together. A lot of plastic but sometimes also paper, glass or metal waste. Wherever possible, rubbish was disposed of in recycling containers.
On my trip I got to know nine countries and their people a little better: Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
The original route was also supposed to go through Russia and the Kaliningrad exclave, but this part had to be cut out due to Putin's war of aggression against Ukraine.
As always on such a trip, the encounters with the people remain in my best memories. Due to the many breakdowns on my rear wheel, which sometimes seemed bewitched, I was particularly dependent on the willingness of strangers to help and was never disappointed. On the contrary, when I look at this wonderful cordiality that has driven me over the past three months, I can only continue to believe that a lot is possible.
You can follow the entire tour on Instagram. Now there is a YouTube video diary which also shows what else happened.
In addition, I continue to use these channels for the fundraiser. So far, almost 8000 euros have been received and my goal is to get the SeeHamster fully financed. So please continue to share the story of the Big Biking Cleanup with your friends - thank you! 💚♻️🌊☮️🏕🌻🚵🏻♂️
The Big Biking Cleanup Tour is intended to raise funds for the non-profit organization ONE EARTH - ONE OCEAN e.V., https://oneearth-oneocean.com/.
One Earth - One Ocean e.V. operates a maritime garbage disposal and I have set myself the goal of collecting enough money for a new boat.
This is the sea hamster, which rids the rivers of Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia of plastic waste. I find it particularly important that the operation of such a boat creates jobs locally, environmental protection thus has a social component and becomes a well-rounded thing.
For that, I happily kicked my butt sore over 7200 km several times.
Here you can follow the tour and also already see where I'll be on the road the next day ... at least if everything works out as expected. Maybe we will see each other there and collect together the plastic waste on the beaches.
A somewhat different beach party, but sustainable in the most positive sense 😉!