I’m sitting with Jørgen Green outside Yum Yoga & Café enjoying the view over the pristine harbor waters separating Sluseholmen and Teglholmen. After the warmest summer on record with the water temperatures rarely dipping under 23°, Copenhagen’s South Harbor has been transformed into a popular recreative playground for rowers, paddlers and swimmers. During the first weeks of the heatwave, the harbor struggled to keep the algae levels in check. Inspired by Tobias Weber-Andersen from Kayak Republic and with sponsorship coming from Danica Ejendomme and Enghave Lokaludvalg, the Courtyard Association Askholm, with Jørgen as their chairman, started The Green Kayak Sluseholmen to collect algae, waste and plastic in South Harbor and canals.
Since the project began in June, over 200 volunteers from far and wide, have enjoyed a unique experience exploring the canals from sea level and at the same time have gathered over 580 kg. of algae and waste. The Green Kayak Sluseholmen initiative has become such a success, that the project will become a permament feature next year, from April to September. The stable kayak, which easily seats two, has been especially popular with families. As we near the end of our conversation, I notice Jørgen’s eyes dwell on a single kayak rower gliding the waters with not a piece of waste in sight. I also sense a glimmer of satisfaction. If you want to spend sometime exploring South Harbor’s canal and contribute to keeping the water algae and plastic free, then book the Green Kayak at Courtyard Association Askholm,
Content & Image: Phillip Mills