Explore with Purpose: Cleaning up Germany

Planet Patrol is a community-led movement sitting at the intersection of environment and wellbeing. Its mission is to ignite and drive behavioural, industrial and political change through community action and citizen science, exploring natural places whilst cleaning up and protecting our planet and wildlife for the future.

Since 2016, Planet Patrol has operated 300+ clean ups worldwide, removing 400+ tonnes of litter from nature and recording 300,000+ pieces of litter across 83 countries in their free mobile app. Litter – including plastics, metals, glass etc – directly impacts marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats. Impacts include wildlife fatalities, altered population dynamics, ecosystem malfunctioning and reduced economic value.
‘Explore with Purpose’ supports the ambition to grow Planet Patrol internationally, creating the largest and most inclusive community movement tackling litter Europe-wide. This project brings Planet Patrol’s successful model developed in the UK to Germany, operating free adventure-based activities with litter picking to mobilise communities, encouraging people to get active, whilst simultaneously protecting nature from the harmful effects of litter. The project will recruit and train six paddleboarding and canoeing reps, equipping them with the tools, resources and equipment necessary to run 18 clean-up sessions in 2021. This will be paired with a launch activation in April 2021 and wider marketing and promotion to increase awareness, to both encourage participation in clean-ups and wider usage of the Planet Patrol app to track litter.

Image: Planet Patrol in action