I have always been interested in helping out when it comes to plastic and garbage that could be a danger for our nature and have always wanted to do something about it. Therefore, when I heard that some of the students in my class had established a trash picking group, I became interested and joined the group. I myself have several times alone or with a friend gone and picked up trash either around my neighbourhood or at the beach, so when I heard that I could do it in a group where I can do it organised and frequently, I was super happy. Then Silje (classmate) asked us if we wanted to take part in gathering garbage at the “Stafett for livet” which is a 24-hour event that was organised by “Kreftforeningen” to show support for the families that have lost or been affected in any way by cancer. I signed myself up and went down to Badeparken that Saturday. There we got vests and bags to collect the garbage. We were told that since we have the vests on, people may mistake us for the kreftforening and may share with us some information about their experiences with cancer and that those stories may be very hard for a person to listen to if not trained for it. I was prepared to welcome anyone that may want to share their story because I am an open person and wouldn’t mind giving minutes of my time to make someone feel better. We were also told that it if we didn’t want that kind of interaction, we could point them in the direction of one of the members of the kreftforening. We picked trash for some hours and it surprised me how much of the smaller and dangerous things we found. Things that the birds would mistake for food and try to eat but will end up killing the poor animals. We found burner phones, plastic, snus, cigarettes, plastic cups, food wrap etc. and so much more that shouldn’t be on the ground in a park. What really pissed me off was when we came to the trashcan and there was so much trash AROUND the trash can. It angers me that ones people are at the trash, they will not even make an effort to put the trash in it. When I see things like this, I get reminded of all the horrible and sad videos, pictures, speeches and real-life situations I have seen when it comes to the consequences of what we don’t mind throwing in the ground. It reminds me of the swans right by the water in Sandefjord city who used to be dirty because of all the trash that was leaked in the water. It saddens me that what we are not careful with have to affect the poor animals that are just trying to survive. I will always remember this quote from a Facebook post from “A general consensus” where they posted pictures of the consequences of our trash and a quote saying: "It's just one straw, it's just one disposable cup, it's just one plastic bag" - 7.4 billion people. I reposted this in our group for inspiration and it can’t be found at: https://www.facebook.com/TheGeneralConsensus/posts/1873183846050539 We did a lot that day too aside from trash picking. We bonded both trough picking trash, discussing, watching a beautiful proposal, hugging the “Fuck Cancer” panda, watching beautiful shows that were organised and also at the end, when it got darker, we stood in the cold hugging each other and listing to songs, strong stories from people on stage and watched the beautiful lights that were lit by the families of the victims of cancer for the victims. I was the last person to go home and stayed till over 22 at night and watching the people that kept on running in the cold, at night, for their loved ones really warmed my heart. The shame that I felt for humanity while picking all the trash turned warmer watching all these people who have the heart to want to do something good. This was a beautiful and well spent day for this project.