Last week we visited the nearby Arctic Salmon Center, where we bumped into a small group of people who were there for a business meeting. It turned out they were the crew of In the Same Boat, a Norwegian NGO, visiting our village for a few days. In the Same Boat is a professional beach cleaning organization, working with seven boats along the extensive Norwegian coast all year around. Since 2015 they have collected more than 1250 tonnes of plastic - that's approximately the weight of eight diesel locomotives, or the weight of 65.5 millions of plastic bottles. They are planning to clean 20 000 beaches by 2025.
Due to lack of sufficient funds the only way they can stay afloat is with the help of volunteers. On this last project there were helpers from Switzerland, France and Norway, and we have also met the founder Rolf, and Anna from Austria, the skipper in their sailboat Fonn.