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Championing Ocean Cleanup: Applauding Japan's 'Spogomi World Cup' Initiative

In a groundbreaking competition aimed at combatting ocean pollution, Team UK emerged victorious in the inaugural 'Spogomi World Cup' held in Tokyo. The event brought together participants from 21 countries, including Japan, the United States, Australia, and France, to compete for the prestigious title by engaging in a unique litter-picking challenge.
This innovative competition, a fusion of "sport" and the Japanese word for trash, "gomi", was initially introduced in 2008 to encourage public involvement in cleaning up littered spaces. Over the years, it gained popularity, with about 230 contests held in Japan this year alone, reflecting a growing global awareness of the need for environmental protection.
The 'Spogomi World Cup' goes beyond being a mere competition, it serves as a powerful platform for raising awareness about environmental protection and the urgent need to reduce plastic waste entering our oceans. The staggering statistic of over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced since the 1950s underscores the critical importance of such initiatives.
As we celebrate Team UK's triumph, let's also commend Japan for pioneering this impactful event and providing a stage for nations worldwide to unite in the fight against ocean pollution. The 'Spogomi World Cup' is not just a competition, it's a collective commitment to safeguarding our oceans for future generations.
Looking ahead, the anticipation builds for the next World Cup in 2025, where even more countries are expected to come together in Tokyo, reinforcing the global community's dedication to preserving our planet. Kudos to Japan for setting the stage for this inspiring initiative, reminding us all that the time to act is now.
Source - Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/sports/britain-wins-litter-picking-world-cup-with-load-rubbish-2023-11-24/


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  • Esther Wanjiku

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    This looks like a sport i would want to be a part of. Great work in eradicating "gomi ' from the oceans and the environment and kudos to the winners

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    • Sarah Chabane

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      This is a super cool initiative! We should see more of them 👏

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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          Applauding Japan's 'Spogomi World Cup' initiative for combatting ocean pollution is truly uplifting. Team UK's victory in this innovative litter-picking challenge showcases the power of collective action in addressing environmental issues. The fusion of sport and the Japanese term for trash not only makes for a unique competition but also serves as a powerful awareness-raising platform globally. With over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced since the 1950s, initiatives like the 'Spogomi World Cup' highlight the urgency to tackle plastic waste and protect our oceans. Kudos to Japan for pioneering this impactful event, and as we celebrate Team UK's win, let's recognize the global community's commitment to preserving our planet. The anticipation for the next World Cup in 2025, with more countries expected to join, underscores the growing momentum in the fight against ocean pollution

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          • George Kariuki

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            The momentum is building, and it's crucial to capitalize on this positive energy to drive long-term change.

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            • walter lungayi

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              Great to see Japan taking the lead in organizing the 'Spogomi World Cup' to address ocean cleanup. It's important for countries to champion such initiatives to protect our oceans.

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              • Joseph Githinji

                13 w

                @walter_lungayi more countries should sought to join in this environmental friendly endeavour, clean oceans are vital for our environment now and in the future.

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              • McKenna Johnson

                14 w

                Most of the oxygen we breathe comes from ocean algae this type of effort is amazing and I hope climate action becomes the theme of my generation good work

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  13 w

                  @mckenna_johnson commendable efforts indeed

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                • Princess

                  14 w

                  Such efforts deserve applause.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  14 w

                  This is an impressive initiative ... such should be emulated by other countries ... hoping to see such in Kenya soon

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    13 w

                    @edwin_wangombe it is an interesting activity that all should take part in as a way to create awareness on the importance of a sustainable future.

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    14 w

                    Cleaning the ocean will protect the aquatic life as well

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                    • Edwin wangombe

                      14 w

                      @johnte_ndeto conservation and protection of marine biodiversity are essential in all ways ... this was impressive... kudos to Japan

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                    • Rotich Kim

                      14 w

                      This create more awareness about need to keep our environment clean

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        14 w

                        @rotich_kim I agree... the fight against climate change should be made more fun so that it can attract more people to participate as Japan did

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                      • CHRIS NGATIA

                        14 w

                        Great event to raise environmental awareness

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          14 w

                          @chris_ngatia I think this year it is proper for the We Dont Have Time Time to organize such an activity as it will be of great benefit to the community and the ecosystem

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          This is a great sporting event aimed at creating environmental awareness. Congratulations to Japan for creating such an awesome avenue for the sake of our climate.

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                          • Edwin wangombe

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                            @joseph_githinji I admire the commitment displayed by Japan in the fight against pollution... the culture of leaving no waste behind is so admirable and I wish we could be influenced to emulate the same

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                            • Jane Wangui

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                              @edwin_wangombe Other countries could borrow one or two from Japan. It should also continue with this initiatives all year through

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                              • Esther Wanjiku

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                                @joseph_githinji Very impressive that people could have fun while at it

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