Les new kids on the block

Le canal et la Senne à Bruxelles sont encore peu connus, tout comme les problèmes qui les affectent. Afin de sensibiliser le plus de monde possible, nous organisons une pêche aux déchet en kayak, toujours avec des nouveaux volontaires, pour qu’ils constatent l’état du canal de leurs propres yeux. Après l’activité, ils deviennent en quelques sortes nos ambassadeurs et nous servent de levier pour amener les autorités à mettre en place des solutions structurelles. Voici le Hall of Fame qui met en valeur tous les participants depuis les débuts de Canal It Up !
New kids
Kg de déchets collectés

JOETZ vzw, Arktos vzw, Mauro, Ellen avec des amis, Proximus et TCS

JOETZ vzw, Arktos vzw, Mauro, Ellen avec des amis, Proximus et TCS JOETZ vzw volunteers from the Canary Islands did a trash fishing trip on their way to their windsurf camp. Their experience highlighted the unfortunate reality that water cleanliness is a concern across Belgium. sTeam a partnership between Arktos vzw , JAC, Emino and […]

Bo, Christelle, Leen et Katlijn avec leurs amis et leurs familles, Toyota motor Europe

Bo, Christelle, Leen et Katlijn avec leurs amis et leurs familles, Toyota motor Europe Bo and his family from Denmark joined us during their stay in Belgium. Their unwavering enthusiasm persisted, undeterred even when rain began to pour down. Christelle, Leen, and Katlijn arrived, accompanied by their friends for a trip of trash fishing by […]

Mosaïc asbl, Maison de l’Europe, Amazon et Milliman

Mosaïc asbl, Maison de l’Europe, Amazon et Milliman Maison de l’Europe brought a group of 9 young adults from France, who were in Brussels to explore the European institutions and cultivate their roles as engaged citizens. Amid their busy schedule, they dedicated time to ponder the future and confront environmental challenges. Their journey on the […]

Drees & Sommer, Zabala, imago asbl

Drees & Sommer, Zabala, imago asbl Embracing the summer vibe Imago Asbl joined us with a group of young adults. They really enjoyed themselves on the water, adding even more energy to the day’s activities.Drees & Sommer opted to break free from their desks and computer screens to soak up the fresh air on the […]

Mobius, Amazon, Marjan, Heleen et comp.

Mobius, Amazon, Marjan, Heleen et comp. Marjan and Heleen, along with their friends, participated in our canal cleaning activity and they had a fantastic time together! Möbius Business Redesign chose to clean the canal for their teambuilding activity, and we give them extra kudos for their unwavering dedication even when the rain poured down! Amazon.com […]

Ethibel, Gerd, Sara avec des amis, Le Parlement Bruxellois, Umicore

Ethibel, Gerd, Sara avec des amis, Le Parlement Bruxellois, Umicore Sara and her friends, along with Gerd and his friend, spent a fulfilling Saturday with us. It was a day well spent, indeed! Ethibel was one of the groups who helped us with our brand audit. Their interest in the number of recycled bags found […]

AFAS Software N.V. , WWF, Eric, Chiro et IKEA

AFAS Software N.V. , WWF, Eric, Chiro et IKEA AFAS Software België surprised their team with a fantastic outing on the canal, and it was a resounding success! They had an incredible time cleaning the canal and couldn’t get enough of the experience. They even kept bumping into their Canal It Up guide over the […]

Dynafin, Cinemaximiliaan, Giulia avec des amis, Sebastien et Konni

Dynafin, Cinemaximiliaan, Giulia avec des amis, Sebastien et Konni DynaFin Consulting arrived with a motivated team, ready to clean the canal and make a difference! Cinemaximiliaan gathered a group of people for this eye-opening activity, coming together to create an impactful experience. Giulia celebrated her 30th birthday by inviting her friends to join her on […]

Schneider Electric, BNP Paribas Fortis, les scouts, Charles, Vico et leurs amis

Schneider Electric, BNP Paribas Fortis, les scouts, Charles, Vico,et leurs amis Schneider Electric joined us during their sustainability day, combining a canal trip with a brainstorm session organized at Belmundo . Their commitment to prioritizing sustainability was inspiring! BNP Paribas Fortis België also made a significant impact by bringing their team together for a day […]

World environment day avec le UN Environment Programme et la Commission Européenne

Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement avec le UN Environment Programme et la Commission Européenne Monday, 5 June was World Environment Day and for that occasion 20 participants from UN Environment Programme and the European Commission spent the afternoon with the Canal It Up crew. They kayaked and fished trash out of the water, picked up trash […]

Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout, Deloitte, Xavier, Karel et Inge

Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout, Deloitte, Xavier et Inge Who let the boys out? Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout descended down upon the canal once again with a group of motivated students. Besides lots of single-use plastics they found some road signalling equipment of which we know it couldn’t have been blown into the water by the wind. the A-team from […]

L’école Sint-Maarten Bovenschool Beveren, l’école Go4city de Molenbeek, et Rozelien avec ses amis

L’école Sint-Maarten Bovenschool Beveren, l’école Go4city de Molenbeek, et Rozelien avec ses amis From Beveren to Brussels, the Sint-Maarten Bovenschool embarked on an exciting week-long adventure to explore the city. They had an incredible time discovering Brussels from our kayaks combining both utility and enjoyment!A special shoutout to Rozelien and her friends who joined us […]

Youth Team de WWF-Belgium

Le Youth Team de WWF-Belgium The Youth Team from WWF-Belgium chose to help restore the local nature by cleaning up the Brussels canal. While fishing trash out of the water they also gained insights into the issues of poor water quality, floating trash and lack of nature and biodiversity and the possible solutions. As you […]

Etudiants de Radio de RITCS School of Art et les Scouts de l’unité Saint-Paul

Etudiants de Radio de RITCS School of Art et les Scouts de l’unité Saint-Paul Adventurous radio students from RITCS School of Arts put on their Captain outfit to take on the challenge of the canal. During their trash-fishing expedition, they stumbled upon some peculiar objects, including a Harry Potter pillow and a perfectly usable basketball. […]

European Parliament collaborators, Surfrider Foundation Europe et l’European Environmental Bureau

European Parliament collaborators, Surfrider Foundation Europe et l’European Environmental Bureau We met with European Parliament collaborators who were invited by Surfrider Foundation Europe Brussels Office and European Environmental Bureau – EEB to experience a trip on the Brussels canal. The collaborators are working on the revision of the European wastewater treatment legislation.We discussed the situation […]

Ecole Européenne de Bruxelles-Argenteuil, KAKoekelberg et Apptweak

Ecole Européenne de Bruxelles-Argenteuil, KAKoekelberg et Apptweak Between the winds in March and the showers in April, the students from the EEBA Ecole européenne de Bruxelles-Argenteuil and Koninklijk Atheneum Koekelberg were fortunate to have a bit of sunny weather. The KAKoekelberg students were joined by their exchange students from Spain, who had the unique experience […]

 Sint-Lukaskunsthumaniora et Het College Vilvoorde

Sint-Lukaskunsthumaniora et Het College Vilvoorde Who says winter means no kayaking? Not us! The students from @Sint-Lukas Kunsthumaniora Brussel hit the water and enjoyed the views of Brussels while cleaning the Canal. We were also joined by @Het College Vilvoorde, who cycled all the way to our docking zone.  While we had a fun time, we […]

LUCA School of Arts, Kunsthumaniora Brussel et le International School of Brussels

LUCA School of Arts, Kunsthumaniora Brusselet le International School of Brussels Being schooled on the water! No better way to show students the problems of water and plastic pollution than to let them experience it by themselves. The Interior design students of LUCA School of Arts joined around their yearly theme, water. Hopefully there experience […]

La famille de Maïa et l’Ecole International de Bruxelles

La famille de Maïa et l’Ecole Internationale de Bruxelles The cold didn’t stop these first COURAGEOUS kayakers of the year to get out on the water! Maïa works for Canal It Up and brought her family to the canal during the Christmas holidays to immerse them in her daily life. Luckily the sun was out, […]

L’école International de Bruxelles, des élèves de Theux, Nicole, Chris, Chris et co., Initio Belgique, Liesbeth, Geneviève, des étudiantes de Vives et le Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science

L’école Internationale de Bruxelles, des élèves de Theux, Nicole, Chris, Chris et co., Initio Belgique, Liesbeth, Geneviève, des étudiantes de Vives et le Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science It is COOOOOLD, but our kayaking trips continu all year round! These brave people joined us in November and December. We had students from the International […]

Brauzz, Terumo, International school of Brussels, Minglers, Daviña et co.

Brauzz, Terumo, International school of Brussels, Minglers, Daviña et co. Who could have known that when Brauzz, a start-up of sustainable cleaning products, and Terumo Europe Nv, a healthcare company, planned a kayak activity for October the sun would be out, and the temperature would be around the 20°C. It is pleasant but mostly it […]

Les scouts de Jette, Flora, Ilse, Tom et co, minglers, BPC, Oris et Optimy

Les scouts de Jette, Flora, Ilse, Tom et co, minglers, BPC, Oris et Optimy October started with good weather, and our boats were still full! The Scouts Jette went on the water, and even though they predicted some heavy rain, they were greeted in the morning with rays of sunshine. After them several duos followed […]

L’organisation des Nations Unis UNRIC, un enterrement de vie de jeune fille et Arcadis Belgique pour World Cleanup Day

L’organisation des Nations Unis UNRIC, un enterrement de vie de jeune fille et Arcadis Belgique pour World Cleanup Day For World Cleanup day the United Nations organisation United Nations Regional Information Centre- UNRIC equiped themselves with fishing nets, litter pickers and kayaks to go and hunt for trash. Colleagues around the world did exactly the […]

Mina Guli court 200 marathons en 1 an pour sa campagne Run Blue

Mina Guli court 200 marathons en 1 an pour sa campagne Run Blue After completing her 101st MARATHON at our docking zone in Brussels we had the chance to meet Mina Guli and go and fish trash out of the canal together. Mina is running 200 MARATHONS in one year for her #RunBlue campaign. She wants […]

Edelman Global Advisory, des jeunes néerlandais engagés, Minglers, C’est tof in den Hof, le département flamand de l’agriculture et de la pêche, Robert, Evelien, Annelore, Sigrid, Rita, Laurence et Tim

Edelman Global Advisory, des jeunes néerlandais engagés, Minglers, C’est tof in den Hof, le département flamand de l’agriculture et de la pêche, Robert, Evelien, Annelore, Sigrid, Rita, Laurence e Tim Edelman Global Advisory, a communications firm in an evolving geopolitical environment, is not only about online communication, in full action in our kayaks on the […]

European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) The European Environmental Bureau – EEB joined us for some field work on the canal. One part of the team is working on the revision of the waste water treatment legislation. The bar will be RAISED for all european countries and one of the issues EEB would like to see addressed […]

Un joeur de football, de l’anglais courant, Minglers et un grand group

Un joeur de football, de l’anglais courant, Minglers et un grand group Vincent, Football player from the Rue de Flandre Team, brought his son Elliot to fish trash out of the canal. And since that day Elliot speaks fluent english that he picked up on the water. This must have been because Elodie, Uldis, Matteo, […]

Saintklet, Sureal et un projet Police-Jeunes

Lots of variety at the end of August. A whole bunch of cool Saintklet guys and girls jumped into the kayaks to free the canal from floating trash. A day later they were joined by a group of Sureal colleagues. When they are not fishing for trash they support others on their way to a […]

Cofinimmo, un ballon de foot et Sebastiaan avec amis

Cofinimmo, un ballon de foot et Sebastiaan avec amis Maxime, Wouter and Nazli from Cofinimmo wanted to do something different for their teambuilding and they came on 25 August to paddle and fish for trash. Wouter was particularly happy with the new football he found! Sometimes, the canal yields lost treasures. Afterwards Sebastiaan and his friends […]

Les premiers Minglers, Violette, un vélo flottant, Nathalie et Froukje

Les premiers Minglers, Violette, un vélo flottant, Nathalie et Froukje On 20 August, Violette had prepared a surprise for her improv group and organised a kayak trip for them. They found a bicycle, hanging to a ladder just below water surface, and had a fun time getting it into the kayak. Thanks to this prized […]

Buumplanters, JCI Belgium et Jeunes Citoyens Actifs

Buumplanters, JCI Belgium et Jeunes Citoyens Actifs Saturday 13 August was a warm day… very warm, and the canal displayed its classic bright green colour of hot Summer days. But it would have taken more to put off our brave Canalituppers of the day. We welcomed Victoria from JCI Belgium and her group of Jeunes […]

Télévision Allemande ZDF, BIPT et KPMG, une journée d’abréviations

Télévision Allemande ZDF, BIPT et KPMG, une journée d’abréviations On 10 August, we had a pretty special day. We welcomed very motivated collegues from BIPT – IBPT but that’s not all… Have you spotted the microphone yet? It’s hanging above their heads on one of the pictures. And what about the cameraman? It was with […]

An enthronment with Sony, a language class with Red Cross youngsters and the DHL fun team

An enthronment with Sony, a language class with Red Cross youngsters and the DHL fun team On Friday 15 July we witnessed a very special ceremony. A team from Sony Belgium went fishing, found a 21st-century mass produced throne, and officially chose the queen of the day. Afterwards, we welcomed a group of Pashto- and Arabic-speaking […]

Un petit coup de BALLET avec le Théâtre des Martyrs

Un petit coup de BALLET avec le Théâtre des Martyrs Mercredi 6 juillet, nous avons mis en SCÈNE un petit BALLET de kayaks pour l’équipe du Théâtre des Martyrs . Certains sont descendus dans les embarcations avec une grâce naturelle tandis que d’autres ont préféré diriger les opérations depuis le quai. Mais qu’ils aient été […]

Sunday Adventure with Hélène & co, Indiandribble

Sunday Adventure with Hélène & co, Indiandribble Sunday ADVENTURE, Hélène brought her friends Matthew, Majda, Sylvain, Manon and Alessandro to clean the canal. As it turns out, Hélène seems to love cleaning in general and she is always looking for new tricks to keep her environment sparkling. We are happy that she shared her passion […]

Go Kompaz Zaventem, Stratec & BNP Parisbas Fortis

Go Kompaz Zaventem, Stratec & BNP Parisbas Fortis Three COOL groups, a new guide and soOoOo much sun, all on june 29th! First, we welcomed 10 Ukranian pupils from GO Kompaz Zaventem and their cheerful teachers, Hannah and Elia. These youngsters are learning Dutch and they understood quite a bit of the presentation. Elia, who […]

Le Ministre Alain Maron dans nos kayaks!

Le Ministre Alain Maron dans nos kayaks! Today, MINISTER Alain Maron joined us near and on the water. We had a constructive discussion about the problems of water quality and litter, and the different ways of solving them.Among other things, we discussed the deposit system for cans and bottles and the special TASKFORCE we think […]

Brussels Beer Project a fêté leur nouvelle brasserie avec nous!

Brussels Beer Project a fêté leur nouvelle brasserie avec nous! Our kayaks went on a little TRIP themselves, all the way to Biestebroeck dock and the new brewery of Brussels Beer Project. Being out of their own zone, they got a warm welcome from all the local beer brewers. To celebrate the opening of the […]

Pic-Nic under the Bridge, Surfrider Foundation & Groep Intro

Pic-nic under the Bridge, Surfrider Foundation & Groep Intro 🌉 On 12 June, we PICNICED under the BRIDGE… mmh not really because it’s difficult to keep your lunch from being soaked but we did play waterpolo. We participated in our own way to Picnic the Bridge, an event organised by @pic nic the streets to […]

Air Liquid, Green Trotters, Remko, Agata & Co

Air Liquid, Green Trotters, Remko, Agata & Co! On 3 June, Margaux showed up with a whole bunch of colleagues from @Air Liquid. Many didn’t know each other and the kayak trips were a nice occasion to have a chat with people from other departments while doing something good for the environment.  The next day, […]

Une riche palette!

Une riche palette! 🎨 On 25 May, a whole group of colleagues from the youth movement @ksanationaal came to add some blue to our palette! Their traditional uniform and bright smiles created quite a striking effect together with our flashy orange life jackets. Thank you for bringing colour to life and helping to make the canal […]

Treasures and Creatures

Treasures and Creatures 💎 Volunteers were plentiful in our kayaks on Saturday 21 May. Charlène and Helena came with their friends, and they were joined by Mathilde. We also welcomed Lisbeth and her daughter, who might be young but very committed already! She found some rare treasure and maybe took it home as a souvenir? […]

Alba, Lions & Grêlons

Abla, Lions & Grêlons Yesterday, we had to compose with bad weather for the first time in months! We had to postpone some trips unfortunately but still, two groups got lucky. ⛈ In the morning, @vzwalba came out of the water just in time before the drache. This organisation is active in the sector of youth care in […]

Le Sint-Jozefscollege de Torhout, Eurodad, Severine et Vincent

Le Sint-Jozefscollege de Torhout, Eurodad, Severine et Vincent A whole class from Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout brightened our day on 6 May. Look at those smiles! 🤩 These motivated young people chose our kayak trips among a full list of activities for their Brussels day-out – thank you! On May 14, we welcomed Ilaria and her committed […]

Abrusco vzw, Fedasil, 2dehands & Vivacité – all in one day!

Abrusco vzw, Fedasil, 2dehands & Vivacité – all in one day! So much happened on May 10th! We had the honour to welcome highly motivated people from from Fedasil, 2dehands (2ememain) and Abrusco VZW, an association doing amazing work to help youth in Brussels. Some of the participants were even interviewed by Vivacité Radio who came to […]

On a le kayak qui nous démange, alors on rame un ptit peu

On a le kayak qui nous démange, alors on rame un ptit peu Fiona and Friends, Erik and his sun, Daniela and herself and Pieter with friends. That’s what made a motivated group of people on a Sunday afternoon to sail out on the water and hunt for trash. Exactly one sunday later Stadskriebels@Canal transformed the […]

Jef Van Damme dans nos kayaks!

Jef Van Damme dans nos kayaks! Jef Van Damme, deputy mayor of public works for the municipality of Molenbeek, joined us on the water. The canal marks the limit of Molenbeek over 1km, so it’s in their interest too that it becomes green and healthy. We discussed the different problems and possible solutions. One extra challenge […]

La semaine des étudiants bruxellois et le Maria Assumptalyceum de Laeken

La semaine des étudiants bruxellois et le Maria Assumptalyceum de Laeken Last week on Friday we welcomed some enthusiastic students for the Week of the Brussels Students. This event was launched by Brik – Student in Brussel to enable the students to make up for all the lost opportunities during the difficult covid period and […]

HIAF School, l’Hotel Meininger et tout un tas de signatures pour notre pétition !

HIAF School, l’Hotel Meininger et tout un tas de signatures pour notre pétition ! Last Wednesday, the HIAF school and the Meininger hotel came on the water to fish for trash. For the citizen internship of their students, the school wanted to come and clean the canal with our organization. A big thanks to these […]

Que des jeunes gens engagés !

Que de jeunes gens engagés ! NOTHING but committed young people on April 23rd! One of these youngsters could almost have taken over our explanation of problems and solutions. He had informed himself very well in order to get people to sign our petition for a deposit system. Well done! Two others, Ilias and Mollie, are […]

Encore des scouts et une sortie kayak soporifique

Encore des scouts et une sortie kayak soporifique Scouts De Pelgrims from Groot-Bijgaarden came to Brussels for a weekend around the theme Environnement and Sustainability. Their trip on the canal to fish the trash out of the water was spot on. We couldn’t do differently than welcoming these forward looking, future saving youngsters.  Next was […]

A groupe KLJ, toujours enthousiaste! Même quand il pleut des cordes…

Un groupe KLJ, toujours enthousiaste! Même quand il pleut des cordes… On this RAINY monday, 6 girls from KLJ Vlezenbeek Meisjes challenged the rain and wind to collect 2.5 kilos of waste from the canal. And these highly motivated girls brought us 70 signatures to prevent waste of finding its way into nature instead of […]

School time avec KA Etterbeek, Plastic Factory et Roberto

School time with KA Etterbeek, Plastic Factory and Roberto the documentary maker 🌊 Monday was SCHOOL time, 22 motivated and cheerful students from @katterbeek rolled up their sleeves to come and fish for trash. They witnessed a canal with way more trash than they ever could clean up. Luckily they brought more than 200 signatures […]

Journées bruxelloises de l’eau et TADA

Brussels Water Days, a colorful gang and TADA Out on the water for the Brussels Water days with this colorful gang of people. The bright shining sun helped all participants to save the oceans from lots of trash. All ages were present and the young most of all with ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir and their teachers. They held […]


Rotalink Yesterday the youngsters of RotaLink set their sails direction the canal of Brussels. It was a perfect sunny sunday to go and fish plastic out of the water. Rotaract is an international organisation for youngsters for self-development and with a mission to serve the community, and that they did, even more than that, a […]

Radio 2 et Erhan Demirci deux heures live à la radio

Radio 2 en Stand-up comedian Erhan Demirci twee uur live vanop het water Twee uur lang LIVE radio vanop het water met Radio 2 en Stand-up comedian Erhan Demirci. Radio 2 zette voor de week van de vrijwilligers de Weldoeners Actie op om zoveel mogelijk luisteraars aan te zetten een paar uurtjes te gaan vrijwilligen […]

Amour pur, un cormoran mort et un groupe proche

Amour pur, un cormoran mort et un groupe proche “Pure Love” this is how Alessio, the guide of the day and much more, described his trip last Saturday. Summary of this outing: a lot of rubbish collected, an unfortunate cormorant found dead and a close-knit group. 10 people that did not know each other at the […]

Première sortie de 2022!

First trip of 2022! The FIRST trip of 2022 was an amazing start of the NEW year. The Youngsters of ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir and their mentors showed an inspiring enthusiasm and eagerness to learn about the problems and solutions. They made the canal clean again, at least for a couple of hours.  Also Ingrid joined us and […]

Pepijn Kennis et collègues sur l’eau

Pepijn Kennis et collègues sur l’eau Not his FIRST time on the canal, but indeed a first to fish trash out of the canal for Pepijn kennis, elected spokesman in Parliament for his Brussels Citizens Assembly, and his two colleagues.  They saw the trash, learned about the water quality problem and found a floating bed […]

Service Public Régional de Bruxelles – Comment faire des belles photos!

Service Public Régional de Bruxelles – Comment faire des belles photos! Bring your own PHOTOGRAPHER and the pictures will be BEAUTIFUL . That’s what SPRB – GOB must have though when they were planning their trip on the canal. The Brussels civil servants had a great time on the water and have some nice pictures […]

4 Etudiants, 6 consultants et 2 cohabitants

4 Etudiants, 6 consultants et 2 cohabitants The COLD couldn’t STOP these 4 first year students elementary education from Brugge, the 6 consultants in mobility, environment and urban planning and two roommates from Brussels. All of them nestled into their warmest clothes for a relaxing ride on the water to go and fish trash out […]

Au calme au milieu de la ville ensemble avec RTL

Au calme au milieu de la ville ensemble avec RTL New kids on the block, Naomi and her 5 friends, Sarah from RTL Info , Julie, Stéphane, Baptiste and Justine put on their warm clothes to go and fish plastic trash out of the water. « Amazing what kind of calmness you encounter on the water […]

Kanal Side of Life, Färm, Homegrade et mobilier urbain de Kaaitheater

Kanal Side of Life, Färm, Homegrade et mobilier urbain de Kaaitheater WHO WHO WHO were the ones to fish the plastic out of the canal these last days? Thiery and Nathalie of Kanal Side of Life , who want to publish stories about life near the canal, brought a team of Färm to hunt for […]

Jane Goodall Institute Belgium, Levi’s, Sint-Guido Anderlecht, Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel, Greenpeace Belgium, Stagiaires de la Commission Européenne et des jeunes de Fedasil Sint-Pieters Woluwe

Jane Goodall Institute Belgium, Levi’s, Sint-Guido Anderlecht, Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel, Greenpeace Belgium, Stagiaires de la Commission Européenne et des jeunes de Fedasil Sint-Pieters Woluwe « ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL » together with Jane Goodall Institute Belgium and their friends of Levi’s , with the next generation youngsters of Sint-Guido Instituut Anderlecht , the student representatives of […]

FOD Mobiliteit, a fish, a car tyre and much more fisherman

Service fédéral Mobilité, un poisson, un pneu de voiture et bien plus encore de pêcheur de déchets While temperatures are dropping slowly but steadily towards winter we continue our kayak cleaning activities. It’s never too cold to go and protect nature and strive for a future with less trash. These New Kids fished a bunch […]

Canal Trash Fisherman bathe in SUN while cleaning up the WATER

Canal Trash Fisherman bathe in SUN while cleaning up the WATER « Canal Trash Fishermen bathe in SUN while cleaning up the WATER. » It could be the title of a news article of last week trips on the canal.While we our approaching 2.000 persons in our kayaks, the trash meter surpassed 5.000 kg of trash fished […]

World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day BAGS and BAGS and BAGS, World Cleanup Day was a succes thanks to all the motivated people who came to clean up on land and on the water.Year after year the amount of litter is rising in Belgium, our society is flooded by trash and single-use packaging. Cleanups are being organised for […]

RTBF – Tournage Alors On Change

RTBF – Tournage Alors On Change Aujourd’hui, l’équipe RTBF nous a rejoint dans les kayaks pour tourner les images du premier épisode Alors on Change de la nouvelle saison.Les déchets sont venus voir le spectacle en masse. Parmi les improbables, une bougie de Sainte Rita et un ballon zéro-déchets. Un tout grand merci à l’équipe […]

Président et Vice-Président – Conseil Administration Port de Bruxelles

The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the board of directors of the Port de Bruxelles – Haven van Brussel , Yassine Akki and Anthony Baert, subscribed for a Sunday stroll of trash fishing by kayak.Never been so close to the water they witnessed loads of floating trash, dead animals and a greasy kind of water. […]

Un nid d’espions

These New Kids were lucky to be on the water with a bright shining sun. At least some of them. Jolien brought her two young daughters who at first weren’t too enthusiastic, but coming out of the water with a full bucket of treasures (trash) they clearly enjoyed the hunt. Sophie brought three friends from Spain […]

Sigrid Spruyt & co

Sigrid SPRUYT, de enige ECHTE, nam plaats in onze kajaks voor de Deposithon. Ze bracht 16 jaar lang het nieuws iedereens huiskamer binnen en viste deze week een volle emmer afval en matras uit het water en zag twee dode eenden, één dood eendenkuikentje, een dode rat en een dode vis. Sinds lang pleit ze […]

Les Filles du block changent la salle pour le canal

New kids ENJOYING the warm water of the canal. Groups of friends, families, colleagues and even a Brussels soccer team. Les filles du block changed their soccer field for the canal and came to defend their colors in trash fishing. What about you FC Motivée, Daring Women or Boobie Trap?  Starting from now our Deposithon […]

Du beau monde, beaucoup de déchets, Klimaan et Plogging Mechelen

SOOO many beautiful people battling against a stream of trash, with only a fishing net and a kayak. But on top of that they all bring powerfull signatures for the Deposithon, which is THE most powerfull way to really fight the trash problem. Special thanks to Klimaan and Plogging Mechelen, last Sunday they collected 225 signatures […]

Biologist pèche animaux mortes du canal

What happens when you let a BIOLOGIST fish for TRASH and you forget to mention to leave all ORGANICAL MATERIAL in the WATER? He takes out everything, DEAD ANIMALS included. In the canal, where you almost see more dead animals than alive, you easily fish out 6 dead rats, 1 dead duck and 1 dead […]

Parlement bruxellois sur l’eau

This week, deputees of Brussels parlement Aurelie Czekalski and David Weytsman brought a little bit of parlement to the canal. Apart from fishing the trash out of the water and experiencing the state of the canal themselves we discussed about Miss Czekalskis Proposal of Resolution that she submitted to parlement. The proposal implies: – To study all […]

Un pas dans la direction de la consigne

These coming days the weather will be BETTER, the sun will SHINE. Did you allready subscribe for a kayak cleanup trip in Anderlecht or Sainctelette? Maybe now is the perfect time!? These people were lucky and joined us in between rain events, fished lots of trash out of the water and delivered lots of signatures. We […]

De l’action à Sainctelette et Anderlecht

The Deposithon is rolling, signatures are coming in, trash is cleaned up and everybody is having FUN in the mean time. Hopes are high up. These are Canal It Up pictures from the previous days. Want to join us in july or send us signatures by email? More info on: https://www.canalitup.org/en/deposithon-en/

Ingénieurs de la VUB, Microflavours et des jeunes de Globelink et 11.11.11

LUCKILY, in between rain events there is time to go kayakking for the DEPOSITHON. These last days lots of engaged groups joined the ranks. Future engineers from the Polytechnische Kring at the VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, enjoying their free time after the exams, were lucky to be fishing for trash under a clear bright sun. Brusseleir […]


The Deposithon only started and our kayaks our already FLYING. These are pictures of the first two days filled with lots of pleasure, nice encounters and many steps in the right direction. @Cera brought us a visit as well to see how Canal It Up is doing. With their financial support we were able to buy […]

Sea Shepherd Belgium, une belle famille et 4 amis

On Sunday Sea Shepherd Belgium swapped their big fleet of boats on the worlds OCEANS for our five kayaks on the CANAL in Brussels. Protecting the ocean can start in the middle of your city. After only TEN minutes 1 kayak came back with a bin completely filled with trash. Check their social media and […]

Full force avec RTL et BRUZZ

Saturday 19th of june we went FULL FORCE with 5 kayaks being (almost) permanently on the water! The first bits of trash were taken by Thomas and his family, who immediately found a jacket. At the same time Ciray and her daughter took care of the other side of the canal. As there were still […]

Contrat de Rénovation Citroën-Vergote

YESSSS! What a sunny day to have these three beautiful persons on the canal. All three employees of the Ville de Bruxelles and responsible for the Contrats de Renovation Urbaine. They came to enjoy the nice weather and visit one of the projects they support.  With the Contrats de Rénovation, they support projects that make […]

Vormingscentrum Molenbeek, Jeunes SOS et musée des égouts Bruxelles

Vormingscentrum Molenbeek – Groep INTRO startte met varen op deze zonnige dinsdag, 4 dagen na de grote riooloverloop. Enkele jongeren kwamen zich bewust maken van het probleem in het kanaal. Sarah 15j leek niet meteen geïnteresseerd, maar eenmaal in de kayak zagen we dan toch haar echte lach en bleek dat ze uiteindelijk niet meer […]

Eva, Theo, Hanno, Celia et Molenbike

Last Sunday the colors were more than bright. So many beautifull people joined us for a cleanup trip in the canal under a blue sky and in a brown canal. More about that brown color in another post. First Eva, Theo, Hanno and Celia each brought a sailing partner to go and fish out the […]

Katti, Talita, Pol, International School of Brussels et le Jane Goodall Institute

Lots of trash and sun, the ideal recipe for a Saturday of fishing for trash! In the morning Katti, Talita, and Pol each brought a companion to join them on the water. They all went direction Suzan Daniel bridge which is still under construction. Lots of garbage had accumulated there. Next, eight members of the […]

Bruzz, Imelda-Instituut et JES Brussels

FRIDAY, a good day to get out on the WATER. In the morning BRUZZ came to visit. This time they didn’t come for Canal It Up, they came for a report on the canal itself. The result will soon be published here and on the Bruzz website. In the afternoon, the youth and disability care […]

Try Out, Brik studenten in Brussel et Marc Kayak

Newest Kids on the block! Try Out kwam met 3 jongeren. Één van hen was wat later, bij zijn aankomst werd duidelijk waarom, hij was reeds afval aan het oprapen onderweg! De 3 gingen een goed uur varen en hebben door weer en wind, maar ook zon, afval uit het kanaal gehaald. Bravo!! SPELLETJE Ze […]

Heavy Weather

Despite heavy weather, an enthusiastic team of concerned citizens was once again proudly navigating on the troubled waters of the canal.The first volunteers to touch water were two mates from Brussels and Coventry. As relentless as captain Ahab on their tiny Pequod, they hunted the trash everywhere they could find it.The second campaign we launched […]

The Youth Takes over

The youth takes over the CANAL! This Saturday, Anouk, Marianne and Elisabeth, three students from a secondary school in Dilbeek organised trips with Canal It Up for their ‘Seminaire’ course. What a great idea! They took care of registering 32 motivated friends, family and school members or even new people that heard from it through […]

Rainy Day

Regenachtige vaardag op het KANAAL. Sorry aan diegenen van wie we geen foto’s hebben deze keer. Het zal niet meer gebeuren :). De eerste groep was een familie van 4 die op deze hemelvaart-dag goed gekleed waren om de barre weersomstandigheden te trotseren. Terwijl zij vertrokken viel het meteen op dat er veel afval lag […]

Fêtes de l’Iris 2021

Sylvie et ses deux enfants (8 et 10) ont été interviewé par RTL et je dois dire être impressionée par leur élocution! Nathalie et sa famille de 4 étaient super motivés avec le sourire! Ils ont été chercher loin pour pêcher les déchets pour être sûre de ne pas être venus pour rien et ce […]

Étudiants de la Koninklijk Atheneum Koekelberg AKA KAK

Deze dinsdag kwamen de leerlingen van het Koninklijk Atheneum Koekelberg , beter bekent als de KAK, per fiets naar onze docking zone om plaats te nemen in onze kajaks. Alessio was hun gids en legde de problemen en bijhorende oplossingen uit. Hier zijn enkele getuigenissen van Alessio en enkele leerlingen: Alessio: Waarom sta ik hier […]

Ellen, Ben, Sally and her partner AKA family time

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 FAMILY time on the canal. Last sunday, this family of four, with two children aged 8 and 11, signed up for a kayak cleanup session. Even with the changing April weather they were SUPER motivated and smiling from ear to ear. Afterwards they came up with a creative idea for their picture, SOS, no […]

Jin Vilvoorde, Hugo, Camille, Fabrice, Lore and Maxime AKA The Treasure Hunters

Scouts Vilvoorde Represented! ⛺️🌱 Luckily, youngsters can still come together in small groups. These 7 girls choose cleaning up the canal as one of their activities! This summer, they hope to be able to go to Montenegro, we’re crossing our fingers for them! If not, we will be here for them on the canal under […]

Green Team VUB

Green Team VUB and We.KONEKT.brussels organised a quiz game for the Brussels Water Days. 8 duos won tickets for a cleanup trip with us on the canal last monday. Under a bright shining sun they found TONS of trash in the water. On weekdays like this, more boats pass by so the lock (FR: écluse, […]

Greenpeace Youth, Coordination Senne and The Brusseleirs on Brussels waterdays

One week ago on the day of our activity for the Brussels Water Days, Greenpeace Youth Belgium came to Brussels for an afternoon of trash picking. Some of them in our kayaks on the canal, others in duos in the surrounding streets. They showed lots of enthusiasm and realised that stricter measures like a deposit […]

Safety jogger AKA Glove givers

The Safety Jogger team came all the way to Brussels for a cleanup trip. They came bearing gifts with a box of reusable gloves to help us continue our activities. One of them made these beautiful pictures of their time on the water.

Try-out aka The New kids from 1999

If Canal It Up would have been around in the year 1999, it would have looked like this. We would have taken pictures with an analoge camera to stick them in a Canal It Up family album instead of social media. The New kids on the pictures are the youngsters of Try-Out. Try-out is an […]

Jonas, Elien, Amilie, Alexandra, Lili and Jannick AKA Les Étudiants

Alors que le canal était encore gelé la semaine dernière, il faisait agréablement beau ce weekend pour une sortie en kayak. Heureusement, nous n’avons eu à déplorer aucun manque de constance de la part des New Kids qui étaient à nouveau bien présents pour la pêche aux déchets. Et cette fois-ci, les étudiants étaient de […]

Janne, Kelly, Laura, Rory, Hélène and Alex AKA Cold, Colder and Coldest

❄️ 🐧 Cold, colder, coldest. Last sunday the canal was partly FROZEN. Still, four volunteers were motivated enough to come and fish for trash in the new discipline ICE-KAYAKING. Janne, student in Art science at the VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel and living in Molenbeek and Kelly, student in social work in Hasselt, jumped into […]

Nathalie, Lieven, Michel, Kristine, Marleen, Nele and Fransisco AKA The Polar Bears.

❄️❄️❄️ 🌨️ Last sunday temperatures plummeted under zero and the apparent temperature was even – 6°C! We could only observe that the warm hart of the Brusseleir doesn’t cool down easily! A beautiful group of heroes put on warm clothes and got into the water. Natalie, a student in Brussel, drafted Lieven who came to […]

Sjur, Laura, Britt, Matthijs and Floris AKA The Bubble Heroes

🚣‍♀️ The New Kids are back! The Bubble of heroes Sjur and Laura got into the water first, with a temperature of 2°C, freezing cold! Sjur comes from Norway but his perfect dutch doesn’t give him away. Together with Laura he formed a fast rowing team. So fast that they lost track of time. They […]

Our teen heroes

3 adolescents qui ont été guidés par l’ecole. Eh oui, The International School of Brussels (Official)oblige ces élèves à faire 15 bonnes actions par année scolaire! Très vite ces jeunes on appris le metier et avec l’un d’entre eux je suis passé en dessous du pont de Sainctelette. Au fait, je n’y étais jamais allé […]

Elena, Gemma, Helena & Luis, Bart & Naomi, Christine & son, Gaetane, Lionel & Noemie

It was a very international cleanup day with a first multicultural team from Spain, Portugal and Mozambique. Elena, Gemma, Helena and Luis all live in Brussels and came to see the trash in the canal with their own eyes. Afterwards came Bart from Belgium and Naomi from the UK. Naomi already became a regular but […]

Laura, Margaux & Fred, Veronika & Dali, Leni & Florentina

Samedi 3 octobre, les kayaks étaient à nouveau bien remplis! Les trois amies Laura, Margaux et Fred sont arrivées les premières. Grâce à leur bonne humeur et leur motivation, elles ont aussi bien embelli la journée que le canal! Elles se sont inscrites après être tombées sur une de nos affiches. Une amitié engagée est […]

Maha, Kenn, Maëlle & Giulio, Elena & Romain, Khiara, Lucia, Susannah & Loïs

Le dernier week-end de septembre, la pluie réclamait sa place et nous avons eu quelques annulations, mais il en fallait bien plus pour effrayer ces courageux new kids! Nous avons démarré avec le groupe que Maha avait formé avec Kenn, Maëlle et Giulio. Comme le groupe d’après avait annulé, Maha et Kenn ont continué de […]

Lara, William, Anke & Rocio, Kristin & Marleen, Judith & Friend, Sophie & Son & Friend, Véro & Friends, Manloi & Friend, Laure & Jakoba, Matthias & Carla, Josefien & Meredith, Stephanie & Katarina

19 and 23th of september we received 25 New Kids. Lara, William, Anke and Rocio started of this cleanup marathon, and how! After 15 min Lara and William returned with a full bin to empty it and fill it AGAIN! 💪 Kristin joined us for the second time and brought Marleen with her this time. […]

Uli, Bertrand, Floris & Lisa, Laura & Alberto, Flaminia, Laurence, Maaike & Dein, Andy, Alice & Sarah, Sylvain, Astrid, Ophelie & Agnès

Samedi 5 septembre, Uli, Bertrand, Floris et Lisa ont été le premier groupe sur l’eau. Le fait de savoir que personne n’était tombé à l’eau jusque-là en a rassuré certains tandis que d’autres ont eu une petite montée de stress à l’évocation de cette possibilité. Heureusement, cela s’est avéré inutile et l’excursion s’est bien déroulée. […]

World Cleanup Day – 20 septembre

Nous étions 225 participants pendant la grande action de nettoyage de la zone du canal dimanche dernier. Encore un tout grand merci à ces belles âmes et à Jommeke, le chasseur de plastique. Ensemble, nous avons collecté 560kg de déchets! Continuons en gardant nos rues propres et en évitant le plastique à usage unique. Photos@Bram […]

Guillaume & Laura, Samuel, Miriam, Martina & Leo, Amir & Tim, Catherine & Nico, Cédric, Maud, Dahoe & Myima, Emma, Nina, Elien, Birgit & Annelies aka los Ángeles del Canal

Le 12 septembre fut une journée merveilleusement ensoleilée à Bruxelles! Comme toujours, quand le soleil fait de son mieux, les gens aussi ! Avec Canal It Up, nous sommes sortis en nombre sur l’eau: pas moins de 19 volontaires nous ont aidé pour tenter de donner au canal la même couleur bleue du ciel. Les […]

Fransziska & Hanna, Zeppe & Elena, Raf & Adriana, Léopold & Guillaume, Nicolas, Tessa & Ellen, Franzsiska, Anna, Marie & Sidonia

En ce jeudi après-midi 10 septembre merveilleusement ensoleillé, Fransziska et Hanna ont navigué sur notre canal de Bruxelles. Elles étaient tellement motivées que nous n’avons réussi à sortir leur bac du kayak qu’avec beaucoup d’efforts! Elles étaient également assistées par Zeppe et Elena. Un couple très perspicace qui s’est rendu compte qu’une promenade romantique en […]

Britt & Marjolein, Ann aka The Aunt, Diane, Arnaud, Jeremy & Caroline

And… Canal It Up is booming 🌴 ! Friday 4th of september we had very motivated New Kids on the canal. And they had to do some effort to find the trash, it was somewhat hiding. Britt and Marjolein, the first group, won the hide-and-seek game and found the trash hiding behind a boat. The […]

Luka, Anna, Marieke, Payam, Nomi & Joanna, Coline, Vincent, Leïla & Robin, Ilona & Anke, Arnaud, Dai-Linh & Menno, Arthur, Garance, Vittoria & Paawani

Mardi 25 août, un bon nombre de participants ont bravé l’incertitude d’une météo changeante. Le premier groupe a immédiatement souffert, exposé aux éléments météorologiques. Luka, Anna, Marieke, Payam, Nomi et Joanna sont amies depuis leur scolarité à l’institut du Sacré-Cœur de Heverlee. Ils ont rapidement mis un gigantesque morceau de tapis dans le bateau. Top […]

Eliza, Céline & Julie aka De Babbelaars

Today we present New Kids Eliza, Céline and Julie! Another group of long time friends who had a lot to tell each other and found a way to do that while fishing plastic in the canal. There was some teamwork involved in our fishing trip. The kayaks crossed each other in the middle, then Céline […]

Virginie & Charles, Tamara & Alberto, Mikael & Nathan, Marie, Aditi, Janne & Francesca

Two sundays ago, a lot off courageous people came to  help us out, it was real Belgian weather as we normally know it… ⛅🌧️⛅🌧️⛅🌧️ The first ones, Virginie with her son Charles, were lucky… ☀️🌤️ Charles didn’t really like the look and the smell of the water. And he was right, we explained to him […]

Selina & Jill, Frédéric & Astrid, Myrthe & Kaat, Juliette, Yorka, Jef & Kirsten, Sofie & Celine, Amber, Guilliana, Charlotte & Luka aka the BOZAR team, Jill, Ciara, Emily & Genevieve, Laura, Piet, Birga, Martin & Tristan

Samedi fut une journée bien remplie, avec un total de 25 personnes qui ont contribué à rendre le canal plus propre. Tout a commencé avec un beau combo belge: Selina et Jill venues en train de Zonhoven, et Frédéric et Astrid venus de Charleroi. Dans une coalition belge – c’est possible – , ils ont […]

Andrée, Ben & Auguste, Laura & Antoine, Kristin, Sabina, Joe & Maxine

Samedi à 11 heures, nous étions déjà sur l’eau avec les New Kids Andrée, Ben et Auguste qui voulaient voir l’écluse d’un peu plus près, donc nous sommes partis direction le centre! En arrivant, nous avons trouvé un ‘trésor’, tous les déchets se cachaient devant la porte de écluse. Après, Laura et Antoine sont venu […]

Niamh & Jack, Jan-Simon, Milan, Lieselot, Hilde & Sil, Sylvie & Laurie, Joost, Emilie, Sebastian & Jaan, Gregory & Melody, Dario, Tom, Edmund & Sandy, Glenn & Alex

Le tout premier groupe que j’ai (Wouter) pu accompagner pour Canal it up, mercredi dernier, s’est tout de suite avéré être 2 talentueux pêcheurs! Niamh et Jack (6 ans), mère et fils, n’ont eu aucun mal à pêcher beaucoup de plastique, de chaussures, de papier et de mousse de polystyrène dans le canal. Ils avaient […]

Céline, Claire & friends, Felix, Harris, Babette & Camille

On Tuesday Celine gave us a helping hand, she told us how kids on the Kopenhagen Ferry get a piece of candy if they spot 5 pieces of trash… that would mean a lot of candy for the Brussels youngsters! Aside from all the trash we found a lot of dead animals as well, the […]

Wim, Sophie, Lorenzo, Benoît, Valérie, Daria, Ilse, Emma & Sofie aka the Small Army

A couple of days ago we received a small army of  New kids. Wim, Sophie and Lorenzo made the language barometer rise to unseen heights with their Dutch, French, English and Italian. Cheerfull Benoit, Valerie and art-loving Daria from Brussels showed the best steering skills we’ve seen up untill now. Unseen speeds and maneuverability in […]

Mélanie, Charlotte, Caroline, Loes, Kaat & Vera aka the Jolly Sailors

The sun seemed to shine a little bit brighter today thanks to our volunteers. First Melanie, Charlotte, Caroline and Loes came to help us, a jolly group full of laughter. Their enthusiasm and teamwork were contagious for all the people looking from the streetside, they received a lot of encouragements. The fishing for plastic isn’t […]

Green Team VUB

New Kids on the block! VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Green Team VUB Als teambuilding activiteit van het green team kon deze groep niets beter bedenken dan met ons te gaan varen! Gedreven, ondanks het wisselvallige weer, waren ze ten top! Een mini-regatta ontstond spontaan en uiteindelijk kwam de zon dan toch piepen. Wie […]

Collin, Florent & kids aka the Early Birds

La semaine dernière Collin (l’homme, pas le poisson 😉) nous a rejoint et il a trouvé les dauphins dans le canal incrusté dans le beton près de Comte De Flandre. Il est venu prendre la température pour peut-être revenir plus souvent. Florent, lui, a emmené et initié ses enfants dès leur plus jeune âge au […]

Nona & Mathijs aka the Charming Duo

The whole Canal it up fleet plunged into the water on monday. In the green kajak: New kids Nona and Mathijs, originally from just outside Brussels and the heart of West Flanders. They now live and work in Brussels. With a warm evening sun in the background we paddled direction Molenbeek lock and filled the […]

Myriam & Ana aka the Socially Committed

Notre kayak vert a eu la chance d’accueillir les New Kids Myriam et Ana à son bord ce mardi. L’une vient de Macédoine et l’autre des Pays-Bas, elles travaillent toutes les deux à l’université de Bruxelles et habitent près du canal. En tant que citoyennes engagées, elles soutiennent des initiatives locales comme POOL IS COOL […]

Frank aka the Shoe Champion

New kid Frank has a heart for projects with a sustainable character. Although he doesn’t like to swim in open waters, it didn’t stop him to get in a kayak for Canal it up. It was a ride with a lot of twists, paddling backwards and turning to reach the floating plastic, one of Frank’s […]

Nicolas aka the Neighbour

On a découvert un talent local ! Le New kid Nicolas avait vu nos kayaks depuis sont appartment au bord de l’eau. Il est venu remplir la poubelle et le kayak le lundi et il a tellement aimé qu’il est revenu le jour après. Au quotidien il est professeur français, il suit des cours de […]

Kaat & Margot aka the BRUZZ Stars of the Day

We received some beautifull people in our kayaks today. And by that we’ re not only talking about our friends from Bruzz, who came to make a Staycation clip, but about the New kids on the block Kaat and Margot! Two beautifull souls who are not afraid to make their hands dirty for the good […]

Pascal Smet & Co aka the Committee

Canal it up est fier de pouvoir compter Pascal Smet et son équipe parmi ses New kids on the block. Ils sont venus se frotter à l’idée Staycation eux-mêmes et ce fut une approbation mutuelle (eux pour l’idée, nous pour les new kids). Tous convaincus que Bruxelles peut devenir de plus en plus belle. Ne […]

Pierre & Sofie aka the Laundry Service

New kids on the block Pierre et Sofie aka The Laundry Service. Aujourd’hui à nouveau notre sortie était ensoleillée. Pierre, qui est étudiant physiotherapie à Bruxelles, prétendait de ne jamais avoir navigué un kayak, on est obligé à ne pas lui croire, quel talent, un captaine est né. Sofie a en même temps donné un […]

Laura & Cedric aka the National Heroes

New Kids on the block Laura et Cedric sont venus spécialement de Leuven pour pouponner notre capitale à l’occasion de la fête nationale. Des gens chaleureux qui ont à cœur le soleil, l’eau et apparemment les oiseaux ! Ils n’ont pas hésité à sauver ce pauvre malheureux. Une fois sur la terre ferme, sec et […]

Ellen, Ines & Willem aka the Unstoppable Trio

New Kids on the Block! Ellen, Ines en Willem. They came especially from Mechelen to help cleaning the canal. After a short briefing and a little habituation the cleaning was remarkably fast. The drive from this gentleman and those lady’s was incredible. I had difficulty to stop them. If I didn’t say anything, I think […]

Anna, Lucrezia, Vittorio & John aka the Polyglots

Anna, Lucrezia, Vittorio & John sont les new kids on the block du week-end! Deux couples charmants qui viennent littéralement du block et qui ont vu les kayaks à l’eau alors ils voulaient participer et contribuer à une plus belle vue sur le canal. Ils ont trouvé des choses éclectiques comme une vieille pantoufle et […]

Suzanne & Émeline aka the 100th ones

New Kids on the Block ! Suzanne et Émeline. Elles ont entendu parler de nous par une canalitupienne colocataire et 1 semaine plus tard se retrouvent sur l’eau. L’une vit à Bruxelles depuis 1 an et son amie, en vacances à Bruxelles, a choisi l’activité la plus cool à faire à BXL et tout ça […]

Brussels Canal Cleanup

New Kids on The Block! Lotte, Hendrik, Lauren, Jell, Roman, Miedas, Nele, Amandine, Ivy, Pieter, Jana, Tristan, Frounswa, Charlotte, Michiel, Nele, Eliah, Olivia, Alessio, ils-elles y étaient tou.s.tes. Embellir le quai et le canal! Une bande de 4 sont même venu spécialement de Gand ! pour cela. C’est si beau. Les gentlemen de @Saintklet, qui […]

Estelle & Sophia aka the Birdsaver Lookalikes

Last week these two new kids on the block, Estelle and Sophia (aka birdsaver lookalikes :P) came to help us out!  Exams finished, they were ready to go outside and give nature something back! (Whom I know Estelle and her sister more often do pretty actions, like selling hard shampoo at a low price (@slowly.bxl) […]

Isabelle aka the Holiday Rower

Lauren vous présente la newest kid on the block, presque littéralement,  Isabelle! Elle avait déjà fait du kayak et de l’aviron en vacances, donc elle sait naviguer. Maintenant elle fait pro pour canal it up. 😉 Heureusement qu’elle était là car il y avait beaucoup de déchets. On a trouvé un endroit ou une famille […]

Steven & Sander aka the Sunspecs

New Kids on the block, Steven et Sander aka The Sunspecs, deux grands bonhommes indépendants dans un kayak samedi passé, gérant activement les déchets comme s’ils avaient fait ça toute leur vie ! On a de nouveau croisé une grande quantité de poissons morts de toutes tailles. Un poissonnier y aurait-il jeté son poisson invendu? […]

Paul, Naomi and Laurens aka POOL IS COOL

New kids on the block, Paul, Naomi en Laurens Aka POOL IS COOL. They made it their mission to make swimming in open air possible in Brussels. And why not in the canal in the center of Brussels. For example during weekends on certain time slots when boat traffic is suspended. Unfortunately water quality is […]

Farah aka Freddi Fish

Yesterday Birdsaver went fishing with new kid on the block Farah! Aka Freddi Fish (does anyone remember the videogame?).  This nickname because we saw extremely many fish float! Does anyone know why?? On average every 5m I would say. There were more dead fish than trash! We found less trash than usual though. After an […]

Maarten, Simon, Steven & Jasper aka the Ghostbusters

New kids on the Block! Maarten, Simon, Steven en Jasper, opgegroeid in de Noordrand van Brussel, werden verliefd op deze stad door alles wat ze voor hen doorheen de jaren betekend heeft: feestjes, vrienden, studies, parken…alles wat je (zondige) jeugdjaren moeten hebben. Doorheen deze jaren zijn twee van hen er als een blok voor gevallen. […]

Victoria, Elena & Fiona aka Arendsoog and the Slip stealers

Birdsaver a attrapé 3 oiseaux spéciaux, Oeil de lynx et les voleurs de Slip. Elles étaient surtout ultra motivées! Elles ont répétés plusieurs fois qu’elles voulaient faire du kayak et puis demandées que c’était bien note. Nous avions plus nos petits filets, donc nous avons du être rapide avec nos mains pour attraper le plastic […]

Bernard and Olivia aka The Periodontist and The Youngest one

New Kids on the block! @ Bernard Dombret, Eliah et Olivia! Ce parodontologue à l’hôpital militaire et à la dentisterie de la VUB, soigne donc la dentition du monde-entier. Il est dans une paix intérieur remarquable qui, en lui parlant, vous fait devenir plus paisible instantanément. Il est habitue à faire du plogging (ramasser des […]

Lauren, Alessio, Louis, Steve, Stan, Hugo, Tine, Jasper, Eliah, Olivia, Kevin, Diana, Sebcat, Chloé, Fanchon, Térence, Irène aka river cleanup day

New kid’s on the block! River Cleanup 👈, Lauren,  Louis, Steve, Stan, Hugo, Tine, Jasper, Eliah, Olivia, Kevin, Diana, Sebcat, Chloé, Fanchon, Térence, Irène, vriendjes van vriendjes, de VTM!, de VRT!, passanten, vreemde vrijwilligers, curiezeneuzen, de zon, the black lives matter, water matters, consciousness matters! Hopla, sometimes images make matters…PEACE!  et un merci mignon à […]

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Penelope aka Pop aka the intellectual jurist

Old kid on the block Oscar shows the way to New kid on the block, Penelope aka Pop aka the intellectual jurist.Pop is originally from France but has been living the Brussels life for a few years now. She works for a law firm specialized in intellectual property and, dedicated as she is, immediately offered […]

Dr. Chloé, Simon and Nicolas aka The Three Musketeers

New Kids on the block! Par où commencer? Dr. Chloé Grossen, Simon Delchambre et Nicolas Heydt + un vrai canalitup-IEN indépendant  Louis Lammertyn, ce jeune homme vient nous rejoindre souvent désormais. Vous risquez de le voir arriver avec son propre kayak sur la tête ! Dr Chloé qui après 13 ans d’étude pour soigner […]

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Djo aka Prepared

Newest Kid on the Block, Djo, aka Prepared. He arrived with injuries from a long bicycle trip the day before, but had his usual smile on, he brought breakfast and had his own gloves to protect his injuries from infection.  We saw a woman getting out of the canal, she had fallen in it and […]

Fauna and Charlotte aka Tic & Tac

New Kid on the block! Tic et Tac, rangeuses du canal étaient déjà des canalitupiennes en arrivent, sans le savoir bien sûr. Maquilleuse et danseuse vivant à BxL. Elles ont pris en charge le canal comme de vraies. Les murs se sont rapprochés de leur embarcation, mais après concertation elles ont fini par se d’accorder. […]

Hugo The Memory Guy

New Kid on the block, HUGO! Alsacien kayak-en en Alsace. Le poussin mort, les rats, les pigeons ont également touchés ces yeux d’enfants fragiles. De la pure honnêteté de cet homme qui écrit un livre sur la mémoire. Un moment d’apaisement dans la partie la plus large du canal, le vergotedok, nous à, le temps […]

Louis aka The Globe Kayakker

Le New Kid on the Block Louis, aka le Globe Kayakeur, est venu muni de son propre kayak! Ensemble avec entre-temps valeur sure Oscar, The Writer, et Lauren, Bird Saver, nous étions donc 2 kayaks à l’eau, doublement efficace à la chasse au plastic! Louis a acheté son kayak en Colombie et continue a en […]

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Stan aka Brusseleir

New Kid on the block ! Stan, brusseleir aux multiples facettes. Travaille dans les assurances, mix de la musique et se forme en tant qu’artiste graphiste. Après nous avoir aidés avec la création de notre 1er logo, il s’engage à nous aider pour les événements futurs. Après quelques minutes d’adaptation, il a très vite eu […]

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Eliah aka The Super Kid

Eliah, évidemment que se garçon de 8 ans veux venir avec sur l’eau. Le prix : il aperçoit une vingtaine de rats mort et une quantité énorme de déchets flottant sur l’eau (en route pour la mer). Le canal et sale papa et pue. Ben oui, c’est pour ça qu’on est là, bonhomme. On veut […]

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Robin aka Robin from the Hood aka Dr Trashless

Latergram of last week-end when we thaught only going with two in a kayak was ok.   At least there is one positive point about this whole situation and that is the ecological impact it has on mostly CO2 emission and also trash that is thrown out in the wilderness.  Everybody who can  is at home […]

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Fien and Oan aka The New Refreshing Movie Directors

Aaand we are back! Presenting new kids on the block Fien and Oan a.k.a. The New Refreshing Movie Directors! They have studied film in Brussels and are headstarting their careers. We just had 3 consecutive stormy week-ends. After Ciara, Dennis and George there was still some wind on saturday, but at least the sun appeared […]

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Cedric aka Yes Man

New kid on the block, Cedric aka Yes Man. No adventure is too strange for him. He has an ability of openess for new people and new experiences that makes him the man with no fears. He studied in Brussels and Paris, worked in Belgium Egypt, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Indonesia and went to South […]

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Lise aka The San Fransisco girl

New kid on the block, Lise aka Lisette aka The San Fransisco girl. She grew up in Flanders, studied in Brussels and works in San Fransisco. Recently she saved a woman’s life on a hiking trek in Hawai. She knows what she wants and has amazing ways of reaching all her goals. Together we went […]

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The Diatoms Report

Do you know what diatoms are? These are brown-yellow microscopic algae with a siliceous hull, you can find them in every body of water. We collected these algae on two spots of the Canal and they were analysed by the Belgian algae expert Louis Leclercq to determine the biological quality of the water. 74 different […]

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Liesbeth aka The Smiling Soul

New kid on the block, Liesbeth aka The Smiling Soul aka Euphrosyne. Nobody can resist her everlasting smile. She cycled through Europe, goes climbing whenever she can and loves dancing with all her heart, head, arms, legs and feet. She’s so consistent that sometimes things get mixed up and she ends up climbing the walls […]

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Tassilo aka The Poet

New kid on the block, Tassilo aka The Poet. Growing up in and around Brussels and some Italian roots made him a quadrilingual person. He takes it up with live with enthusiasm as if he was drenched in it like Obelix was in the magic potion. With some friends he will build already the second […]

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Pierre aka The Semi Anonymous Hero

New kid on the block, Pierre aka The Semi Anonymous Hero. Lives in a world without social media, spends his time off high in the mountains and changes the Brussels landscape working in remote dusty offices off the grid. He agreed to come out of the dark to use his super-human strengths to help clean […]

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Virginie aka Captain Elevator

New kid on the block, Virginie aka Captain Elevator. Born in France and brought to Brussels by love. She likes challenges like running marathons and besides being awesome she’s just a wonderful happy person. Even though it is getting much colder we went fishing for trash in the canal. Watching the water from the side […]

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Alessio aka De Lasso

New kid on the block, Alessio came to fish for trash once more in between all his other activities. One more bunch of plastic in the bin instead of the water. Be part of the solution Not part of the pollution #beatplasticpollution #actionaroundthecorner

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Karen aka The Reader

New kids on the block, Karen aka The Reader, she can read a book in one day while giving a guided tour in town, Cosme aka The Physicist and last but not least Marianne aka The Naturalist aka The Mom aka It’s Her Birthday 🎉. Together they came fishing for plastic in the canal, and […]

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Joanna aka The Yogini

New kid on the block, Joanna aka The Yogini, invited by New kid Vanessa. Born in Poland she went to England for a 3 year PhD and arrived in Brussels 8 years ago to work here. Together they got out there to go and fish for plastic in the canal. The water was fairly clean […]

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Youssef aka The Boss, Carl aka The Double Agent and Vincenzo The Courageous One

New kids on the block, Youssef aka The Boss, Carl aka The Double Agent and Vincenzo aka The Courageous One. Together they form a team that builds a school for the children of Molenbeek. In the rain we went fishing for plastic in the canal, with two canoes, double capacity. Two of us were Suited […]

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Beranger aka Iron Man

New kid on the block, Beranger aka Iron Man, a man of real power, he can build a house with one hand while the other is making everything his imagination asks him to. Together we got out on the rough waters of the Canal, a lot of wind and waves as if we were at […]

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Oscar aka The Writer

Lauren presents The New kid on the block, Oscar aka The Writer,  goes by the captain-of-the-ship mentality, yelling ‘there is something!’ whilst pointing. Even though we were surrounded by trash the whole time! We barely had to paddle, the trash was never far away. We found a white marker in the water, amazingly enough still […]

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Jan aka Jean The Brusseleir aka The Philosopher

New kid on the block, Jan aka Jean The Brusseleir, The philosopher. A real Ket from Brussels, friendly with everybody and helpful to everybody. He already crossed the biggest part of Europe on his bicycle, and is not planning to stop there. The future in his mind looks different than what the world looks like […]

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World Cleanup Day

New action on the block, World Cleanup Day, Lauren aka The Birdsaver came to help out to do our part in this world wide action. Before getting into the water we got a little guided tour in the Ocean Plastics Lab exposition. Once in the water we got many encouragements from people on the side. […]

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Andreas, Anke and Laura aka The Helicopter Rowers

New kids on the block, Andreas, Anke and Laura aka The Helicopter Rowers. They brought their own canoe to double our fleet and it’s a first, expansion is in the air. It started out like turning circles in the water but after we attached both canoes one to the other, operation fishing for plastic got […]

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Luana aka The Radiomaker

New kid on the block, Luana aka The Radiomaker. Made in Brussels she lives and works here and above all loves her city. Being native Dutch speaking persons in Brussels connections are never far away. It took us 10 minutes of rowing to find out we went to the same elementary and secondary school. Afterwards […]

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Benjamine and Cindy aka The Elegance Dancers

New kids on the block, Benjamine and Cindy aka The Elegance Dancers. Benjamine was born in France and Cindy in Flanders, both big shot dancers in Brussels they met on the dancefloor and became friends. With the same swing from the dancefloor they came to help us out by fishing plastic out of the canal. […]

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Eliah aka The Super Kid

New kid on the block Alessio presents his son Eliah aka The Super Kid, a Ket from Brussels raised in both French and Dutch. Today his father taught him how to go fishing for plastic in the canal, but more important that the plastic shouldn’t be in the water in the first place. Elia was […]

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Fanny aka The Warrior

New kid on the block, Fanny aka The Warrior, born in Arlon, living in Brussels and fighting for a better world. As member of Gracq St Josse she’s trying to pave the way to a more bicycle friendly commune. Professionally she’s working on Co2 emission reduction on a big scale. And at home there’s no […]

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Rosie aka The Real Kid

New kid on the block, Rosie aka The Real Kid, she is a primary school journalist for Karrewiet, the Dutch News broadcast for children. While asking questions about the ‘Canal it up’ project she was genuinely having fun fishing for plastic in the water. Seems to be that we went to the same primary school. […]

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Adrien aka The Professional Backpack Weight Reducer

New kid Véronique presents New kid on the block Adrien aka The Professional Backpack Weight Reducer. Slightly knowing each other from home, they met in New Zealand 9 months ago. 2 months later, after 1 year in New Zealand for her and 2 months for him, coincidence put them in Thailand on the same plane […]

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Cecilia aka The Roommate and Benoit aka The Climber

New kids on the block, Cecilia aka The Roommate and Benoit aka The Climber, they fell in love in Brussels almost 3 years ago. They share a love for travel and discovery, so they where immediately on board to go for a trip on the canal to fish for plastic. It became an evening session […]

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Elisabeth aka Pocahontrash

New kid on the block, Elisabeth aka Pocahontrash, a creative girl flown into Brussels from Flanders. Tell her where you live and she will tell you what kind of trees there are in your street. She loves her city and is always ready to help and make it an ever nicer place to live. When […]

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Ellen aka Mystery girl and Koen aka Bicycle Boy

New Kids on the block, Ellen aka Mystery girl and Koen aka The Bicycle boy. There are in love already for 6 years. Ellen grew up in Limburg and Koen in Machelen just next to Brussels. Still, they found each other. The person to take credit for their coming together is still under discussion. Today […]

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Alessio aka De Lasso

Lauren presents the New kid on the block, Alessio, aka De Lasso, because he catches every piece of plastic he encounters on his path with his very fast reflexes! Ok, we also turned around in little circles when the piece of plastic was just out of reach. ☺ His life is build up of all […]

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Katrien aka Motivée

New kid on the block Lauren takes over and presents the Newest kid on the block, Katrien aka Motivé! Not only because she plays in the football team FC Motivé, but mostly because she always goes for it! A girl from Ukkel, Brussels, went up to Bruges to share her interest and knowledge in psychology, […]

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Vanessa aka Vanessito

New kid on the block, Vanessa aka Vanessito aka The Cook, once she invites you for diner at her place, you’ll make sure to invite yourself next time for more of her delicious food. Born in Ecuador, she came to Belgium 10 years ago. Since then she learnt French, became an osteopath, started her own […]

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Johan aka The Doctor

New kid on the block, Johan aka The Doctor, some call him the Michael Jordan of the doctors, he became a proud father for the first time only 3 weeks ago. Another real deal bilingual Brussels person, and is it coincidence that he too is a Birdsaver? While looking for plastic in the canal we […]

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Mami aka The Tree Climber

New kid on the block, Mamie aka The Tree Climber, a girl that dances with so much enthusiasm she fills the dance floor in no time. Profession: Aerial silks and Tree climbing, her way to translate her connection to nature to other people through workshops. Fears: None, she climbes mountains, swims in ice water and […]

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Lauren aka The Birdsaver

New kid on the block, Lauren aka The Birdsaver aka Rockstar In The Making, a girl from Brussels – the real deal, speaking perfectly Dutch and French. Not afraid to get dirty hands. Friday she tried to save a bird, and again yesterday in the canal a sick paralyzed pigeon floating in the water surrounded […]

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Benny aka The Minister

New kid on the block, Benny aka The Minister, also The Dad. Specialties of the day: road sign, scooter helmet and two footballs. The objective is to go on the canal at least once a week during the summer months, this week we went fishing trash twice. Let me know if you want to join […]

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Véro aka The Woofer

New kid on the block, Véronique aka The Woofer, back from 1 year New Zealand, she soon starts research in using robots in organical agriculture. They say she’s that much into nature that when she wakes up too early in the morning she goes to read a book on a pile of manure. Today it […]

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Mona aka The Energizer

New kid on the block, Mona aka The Energizer, able to make people do stuff they weren’t supposed to do, she cycles to work everyday and eats plastic for breakfast, lunch and dinner just to make it go away. But not the plastic we collected in the canal yesterday, way to go for a clean […]

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Cécile aka The Dressmaker

New kid on the block, Cécile aka The Dressmaker, insists on putting a bucket under the shower while waiting for hot water. Also the woman who follows me in all my crazy plans. Today we had to stop collecting plastic sooner than we wanted, the bin was filled in no time.  #beatplasticpollution #actionaroundthecorner #titaniclovewithatrashbininthemiddle

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Daan aka The Champion

New kid on the block, Daan aka ‘The Champion’, always looking for ways to live more earthfriendly. Fishing trash out of the water today we met à turtle 30 cm big swimming in the canal, surprise of the day. #beatplasticpollution #actionaroundthecorner #2ndday

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Pieter aka The Founder

First day of fishing trash out of the canal, 15 kg of plastic!! Let us know if you want to join next time. #beatplasticpollution, #Sainctelette, #actionaroundthecorner