The first week of May in 2018 is Coastal Protection Week all over Norway when local communities clean the coast from plastic and other pollution. In Fjaler the clean-up happened a bit earlier and, just like last year, RCN joined in.

Despite the bad forecast, the weather was gracious, and we managed to clean the long shoreline of Dale and the scenic Fossevika on the opposite side of the fjord. We found objects like bags, boxes and toys, but most of the trash was coming from fishing and sailing, like ropes and lines. It made an impression to see how much trash can pollute the water and coast, even in an area where you think that people are conscious about the issues. The work was followed up with a barbecue where our students and staff had the chance to bond with the others who took part in this “dugnad” clean up.