De new kids on the block

De problemen van het kanaal en de Zenne in Brussel zijn nog niet zo bekend, net zoals beide waterlopen zelf. Om zoveel mensen als mogelijk te sensibiliseren organiseren we telkens voor nieuwe deelnemers kajaktochten op het kanaal om het afval eruit te vissen en hen zelf de staat van het kanaal te laten ervaren. Elke deelnemer wordt zo een beetje ambassadeur voor beide waterlopen en hoe meer mensen deelnemen, hoe groter het draagvlak wordt om structurele oplossingen te implementeren. Hier is de Hall of Fame waarmee we alle deelnemers sinds het begin van Canal It Up in de schijnwerpers zetten.
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Een voetballer, vlot engels, Minglers en een grote groep

Een voetballer, vlot engels, Minglers en een grote groep 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, Paula, Estelle, Marjorie […]

Saintklet, Sureal en een Politie-jongeren project

Saintklet, Sureal en een Politie-jongeren project 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 […]

Cofinimmo, een nieuwe voetbal en Sebastiaan en vrienden

Cofinimmo, een nieuwe voetbal en Sebastiaan en vrienden 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 also […]

The First Minglers, Violette, een drijvende fiets, Nathalie en Froukje

The First Minglers, Violette, een drijvende fiets, Nathalie en 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 en Jeunes Citoyens Actifs

Buumplanters, JCI Belgium en 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 […]

Duitse tv ZDF, BIPT en KPMG, een afkortingsdag

Duitse tv ZDF, BIPT en KPMG, een afkortingsdag 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 great […]

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 […]

Minister Alain Maron in onze kajaks!

Minister Alain Maron in onze kajaks! 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 is […]

Brussels Beer Project heeft hun nieuwe brouwerij met ons gevierd!

Brussels Beer Project heeft hun nieuwe brouwerij met ons gevierd! 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 […]

Publiq vzw, Hugo, Stijn & zijn lerarenteam, Aimée & haar tieners, Emma & co

Publiq vzw, Hugo, Stijn & zijn lerarenteam, Aimée & haar tieners, Emma & co Een heel gemotiveerde groep van @Publiq vzw liet zich op 8 juni niet doen door de regen en kwam voor een teambuilding bij ons varen. De collega’s wisten op voorhand niet wat ze gingen doen en het was duidelijk een aangename […]

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, […]

Alle kleuren van de regenboog

Alle kleuren van de regenboog 🎨 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 […]

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 & Hagelstenen

Abla, Lions & Hagelstenen 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 […]

Het Sint-Jozefscollege van Torhout, Eurodad, Severine en Vincent

Het Sint-Jozefscollege van Torhout, Eurodad, Severine en 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 […]

Het kriebelde op 1 en 8 mei

Het kriebelde op 1 en 8 mei 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 canal area in one big playground. […]

Jef Van Damme in onze kayaks!

Jef Van Damme in onze 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 […]

De Week van de Brusselse studenten en de Maria Assumptalyceum Laken

De Week van de Brusselse Studenten en de Maria Assumptalyceum Laken 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, het Meininger Hotel en een hoop handtekeningen voor onze petitie!

HIAF School, het Meininger Hotel en een hoop handtekeningen voor onze petitie! 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 motivated students […]

Zoveel geëngageerde jonge mensen!

Zoveel geëngageerde jonge mensen! 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 members of […]

De Paashaas bij Canal It Up met Stijn, Oda, Marca en haar vrouwenclub

De Paashaas bij Canal It Up met Stijn, Oda, Marca en haar vrouwenclub Easter is treating us well with such good weather. Perfect conditions to get out there on the water. Stijn, founder architect of Kaderstudio, and his daughter Oda found a dolphin captured in concrete watching the water from the side. The dead seagull […]

Meer scouts en een slaapverwekkende kayaktocht

Meer scouts en een slaapverwekkende kayaktocht 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 Aymeric with […]

Een KLJ groep, altijd enthousiast! Ook als het regent…

Een KLJ groep, altijd enthousiast! Ook als het regent… 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 fishing it […]

Schooltijd met KA Etterbeek, Plastic Factory en Roberto de documentairemaker

Schooltijd met KA Etterbeek, Plastic Factory en Roberto de documentairemaker 🌊 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 for our […]

Brusselse Waterdagen met een kleurrijke bende en TADA

Brusselse Waterdagen met een kleurrijke bende en 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 en Stand-up comedian Erhan Demirci twee uur live vanop het water

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 […]

Pure liefde, een dode aalscholver en een hechte groep

Pure liefde, een dode aalscholver en een hechte groep “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 […]

First trip of 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 en collega’s op het water

Pepijn Kennis en collega’s op het water 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 […]

Gewestelijke Overheidsdienst Brussel – Hoe mooie fotos te maken!

Gewestelijke Overheidsdienst Brussel – Hoe mooie fotos te maken! 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 to remember […]

4 Studenten, 6 consultants en 2 roommates

4 Studenten, 6 consultants en 2 roommates 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 […]

Kalmte in het midden van de stad samen met RTL

Kalmte in het midden van de stad samen met 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 en een parkeerblok van Kaaitheater

Kanal Side of Life, Färm, Homegrade en een parkeerblok van 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 van de Europese Commissie en jongeren van Fedasil Sint-Pieters Woluwe

Jane Goodall Institute Belgium, Levi’s, Sint-Guido Anderlecht, Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel, Greenpeace Belgium, Stagiaires van de Europese Commissie en jongeren van 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 Vlaamse […]

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

FOD Mobiliteit, een vis, een autoband en nog veel andere afvalvissers 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 of trash out of the water, […]

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 – Opnames Alors On Change

RTBF – Opnames 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 […]

Voodoo Pop, Norman en zijn statiegeldalliantie, Brik, Youca en dode dieren

Many HANDS make the job very EASY. Group after group our kayaks are doing so many kilometers in their hunt for trash. And the trash is never far away.One of the discoveries was a voodoo doll, clearly used in a ritual. If the goal was to drown it in the end, that part failed, it […]

Chairman and Deputy Chairman – Board of Directors Port of Brussels

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. […]

A nest of spies

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 spelen een thuismatch

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 […]

Mooie mensen, veel afval, Klimaan en 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 […]

Bioloog vist dode dieren op

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 […]

Brussels parlement op het water

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 […]

Eén stap dichter bij Statiegeld

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 […]

Actie te Sainctelette en 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:

VUB ingenieurs, Microflavours en Globelink en 11.11.11 youngsters

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 […]

Start van de DEPOSITHON

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, een mooie familie en drie vrienden

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 met BRUZZ en RTL

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 […]

Renovatie contract 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 en Riolenmuseum Brussel

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 en 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 […]

Bruzz, Imelda-Instituut en 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 en 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 […]

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 […]

Iris Feesten 2021

Last sunday lots of people joined us for Les fêtes de l’iris. Sylvie and her two kids (8 and 10) got interviewed by RTL and we must say we were impressed by their well spokenness! Nathalie and her family of 4 were super motivated and all smiles! They really went to look for trash far […]

Studenten van Koninklijk Atheneum Koekelkberg 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 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 The 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 The Students

Een week geleden was het kanaal nog bevrozen, dit weekend was het zeer aangenaam kajak-weer. De weergoden zijn duidelijk in de war. Wie niet in de war is zijn de New kids, die kwamen weer opdagen voor een avontuur plasticvissen, en het werd een avontuur met alleen studenten. 👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓 Jonas, student leerkracht lager onderwijs […]

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

❄️❄️❄️ 🌨️ Deze zondag doken de temperaturen onder nul en was de gevoelstemperatuur -6°C! We konden alleen constateren dat het warme hart van de Brusselaar niet makkelijk afkoelt! Een mooi gezelschap helden trok warme kleren aan en ging toch te water. Natalie is kotstudente in Brussel en trommelde Lieven op die helemaal per fiets van […]

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

🚣‍♂️ De New kids zijn terug! De Helden-Bubbel Sjur & Laura was eerst aan de beurt, en dat bij 2°C, chapeau! Sjur komt uit Noorwegen maar aan zijn perfect nederlands is dat niet te merken. Samen met Laura vormde hij een snel roeiend team! Zo snel dat ze de tijd uit het oog verloren. Ze […]

Our teen heroes

3 teenagers who were guided by the school. Yes, the Isb Brussels obliges these pupils to do 15 good deeds per school year! BRAVO ! Very quickly these youngsters learned the trade and with one of them I passed under the bridge of Sainctelette. By the way, I had never been there before and there […]

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

Het was een zeer internationale cleanup dag met een eerste multicultureel team uit Spanje, Portugal en Mozambique. Elena, Gemma, Helena en Luis leven allen in Brussel en kwamen het drijvend afval in het kanaal met eigen ogen bekijken. Daarna kwamen Bart uit Belgie en Naomi uit Engeland. Naomi is ondertussen een regular maar voor Bart […]

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

Zaterdag 3 oktober werden de kayaks alweer goed bemand! Eerst kwamen de drie vriendinnen Laura, Margaux en Fred de dag opklaren met hun glimlach. Met veel goede moed en een tophumeur zijn ze de kajaks ingesprongen en waren al snel uit het zicht om afval te verzamelen. Het trio was op een affiche gevallen en […]

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

Stormy weather for the last weekend of September. We had some cancellations, but not from these brave hearts! We started off with Maha and her group, she brought along Kenn, Maëlle and Giulio. The group after them had cancelled, so Maha and Kenn continued and explored the other side of the starting point. I almost […]

Gilles & Waski, Jaan & Maximiljoen aka De vergeten canalituppers van de zomer

New kids on the Block ! De vergeten canalituppers van de zomer! Gilles Grossen en Waski Nikita zijn komen kuisen op de nationale feestdag. Dit prachtig liefdevol koppel hebben zich last minute beslist om mee te komen varen. Het kanaal was die dag zéér vuil, ik zal de foto van de dode kat niet posten, […]

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

19 en 23 september ontvingen we maar liefst 25 New Kids. Lara, William, Anke en Rocio gaven het startschot, en hoe! Na 15 min waren Lara en William al terug met een volle vuilbak om hem te legen en NOG maar eens te vullen! 💪 Kristin kwam voor de tweede keer en bracht Marleen mee […]

Arnaud Pinxteren aka Brussels schepen voor Burgerparticipatie en Stadsvernieuwing

Vorige vrijdag bracht Arnaud Pinxteren, Brussels schepen voor Burgerparticipatie en Stadsvernieuwing, ons een bezoek. Samen zijn we gaan vissen naar afval op het kanaal. In het kader van het Stadsvernieuwingscontract Citroen-Vergote kent de Stad Brussel Canal It Up een subsidie toe om ons te ondersteunen in onze acties richting structurele oplossingen voor een proper en […]

World Cleanup Day – 20 september

We waren met 225 deelnemers zondag tijdens de grote opruimactie in en langs het kanaal. Nogmaals bedankt aan alle vrijwilligers en Jommeke de Plasticjager. Samen ruimden we 560 kg afval op. Laat ons proberen de straten proper te houden en geen single-use plastics te gebruiken. Photos @Bram Penninckx Photo BXL

Ann, Jules, Karina & Odilon, Amrdip, Fabian, Sarah & Karlien, Pieter & Zoe, Sara & Hanne

Donderdag 27 augustus kregen we eerst Ann, Jules, Karina en Odilon over de vloer. De eerste twee, moeder en zoon, kwamen uit Simonis aanwaaien. Karina en Odilon uit Neder-Over-Heembeek. Gewapend met netjes en emmers gingen ze het afval te lijf, en wisten dit ook veilig naar de kade te brengen. Hierop kwamen Amrdip, Fabian, Sarah […]

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

Canal It Up is aan het boomen 🌴! Vrijdag 4 september hadden we terug een aantal gemotiveerde New Kids aan boord. En ze moesten wat moeite doen gezien het afval zich probeerde te verstoppen. Britt en Marjolein, de eerste groep, wonnen het spel verstoppertje en vonden het afval verstopt achter een boot. Het ongelukkige afval […]

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

Dinsdag 25 augustus was een wisselvallige dag qua weer, maar had een algemeen hoog niveau aan deelnemers. De eerste groep kreeg ’t meteen te verduren qua weerelementen. Dat was het Leuvense zestal Luka, Anna, Marieke, Payam, Nomi en Joana, die elkaar nog kenden van de periode samen in het heilig hart instituut te Heverlee. Zij […]

Eliza, Céline & Julie aka De Babbelaars

Zie hier New Kids Eliza, Céline en Julie! Nog een groep oude schoolvrienden die elkaar veel te vertellen hadden en daar de tijd voor vonden tijdens het vuilvissen. Er kwam teamwerk aan te pas aan onze trip. Terwijl Julie en Céline rechts aan het vissen waren, namen Eliza en Lauren de linkerkant voor zich. En […]

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

Twee zondagen geleden kwam een heleboel moedige mensen ons helpen, het was echt Belgisch weer zoals we het normaal kennen.. ⛅🌧️⛅🌧️⛅🌧️ De eersten, Virginie en haar zoon Charles, hadden geluk ☀️🌤️. Charles was niet opgezet met het zicht en de geur van het water. En hij had gelijk. We legdem hem uit dat het zo […]

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

Zaterdag 22 augustus was een goed gevulde dag, met in totaal 25 mensen die mee het kanaal een properdere plek hielpen maken. Het begon met een prachtig Belgische combo. Selina en Jill kwamen helemaal vanuit Zonhoven met de trein en Frederic en Astrid kwamen helemaal uit Charleroi. In deze Belgische coalitie – het kan dus […]

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

Saturday at 11 am we were already on the water with New kids Andrée, Ben and Auguste. They wanted to see the lock from up close so we peddled direction center! Once arrived there we found a small treasure, all the trash was hiding in front of the lock door. Afterwards Laura and Antoine brought […]

Sergei, François, Sarah & Paul, Jonah & Ine, Abdil, Dunia, Annelies & Sophie, Sophie, Sébastien & Isauré, Octavia & Ode, Sarah, Lore & Elise

Zondag was alweer een goed gevulde dag, met wel 18 prachtige vrijwilligers. Sergei, François, Sarah en Paul hebben ongelofelijk werk geleverd, ze gingen zowel stroomopwaarts als afwaarts om zeker te zijn dat ze alles vonden. Jonah en Ine hadden meer zin om het centrum op te zoeken. Daarna waren Abdil, Dunia, Sophie en Annelies aan […]

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

De eerste groep die ik (Wouter) mocht begeleiden voor Canal it up, woensdag jongstleden, bleken meteen 2 getalenteerde kanaalvissers! Niamh en Jack (6j), moeder en zoon, hadden geen moeite om een flinke boel plastic, schoenen, papier en piepschuim uit het kanaal te vissen. Ze hadden dermate de smaak te pakken dat de weg tussen de […]

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

Dinsdag kwam Celine met ons meevaren. Zij vertelde dat in Kopenhagen kinderen op de ferry een snoepje krijgen als ze 5 stukjes afval vinden… Dat zou veel snoep betekenen voor onze jonge ketjes! Naast al het afval, vonden we ook veel dode dieren. De slechte waterkwaliteit en aanhoudende hitte is voor hen extra moeilijk! Dat […]

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

Enkele dagen geleden ontvingen we een klein leger aan New kids. Wim, Sophie en Lorenzo deden de taalbarometer de hoogte inslaan met frans, nederlands, engels en italiaans. Vrolijke Brusselaars Benoit, Valerie en de kunstminnende Daria vertoonden de beste stuurmanskunsten die we al gezien hebben. Ongeziene snelheid en wendbaarheid op het water leverden een recordvangst op. […]

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

De zon op de kade leek vandaag nog feller te schijnen dankzij onze vrijwilligers! Eerst ontvingen we de vier goedlachse vriendinnen Melanie, Charlotte, Caroline en Loes. Hun enthousiasme en teamwork werkten aanstekelijk op de Brusselaars op de kade, die hen vrolijk toewuifden en aanmoedigden. Dat onze afvaltochten niet alleen nuttig en nodig zijn, maar ook […]

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

Vorige week heeft Collin (de man, niet de vis 😉 ) de in gebetonneerde dolfijn gevonden in het kanaal dicht bij Graaf Van Vlaanderen. Hij is het water komen uittesten om misschien vaker te kunnen komen. Florent, die had zijn kinderen mee om hen van kleins af aan aan de kayak ten proef te stellen […]

Nona & Mathijs aka the Charming Duo

De hele Canal It Up vloot zat maandag op het water. In onze groene kajak: New kids Nona en Mathijs, aangespoelden vanuit de Brusselse Rand en hartje West-Vlaanderen. Beide nu wonend, werkend en levend in Brussel. Lekker pedellend met een warme avondzon op de achtergrond trokken we richting de sluis en vulden we de emmer […]

Myriam & Ana aka the Socially Committed

The green kayak was lucky enough to welcome New kids Ana and Myriam onboard on Tuesday. They come from Macedonia and the Netherlands, both currently working at the university of Brussels and living close to the canal. They show great social commitment by following and supporting local initiatives like Pool Is Cool and Canal it […]

Frank aka the Shoe Champion

New Kid Frank heeft een hart voor projecten met een duurzaam karakter. Hoewel hij niet graag in open water zwemt, hield dat hem niet tegen om de kajak in te stappen voor Canal It Up. Het was een tocht met veel kronkels, achteruit peddelen en bochten om het afval te bereiken. Een van de troeven […]

Nicolas aka the Neighbour

Lokaal talent gespot in de kajak! New kid Nicolas zag Canal It Up vanuit zijn appartement. Na een (over)volle kajak op maandag stond hij op dinsdag weer paraat om de emmer te vullen zodat we opnieuw met 2 kajaks konden uitvaren. In het dagelijks leven leerkracht Frans,  schaaft zijn talent voor meubel design met staal […]

Kaat & Margot aka the BRUZZ Stars of the Day

Schoon volk in de kajak vandaag. En dan hebben we het niet enkel over onze vrienden van BRUZZ, die een Staycation reportage kwamen opnemen, maar over de New kids on the block Kaat en Margot! Twee mooie zielen die hun handen durven vuil te maken voor de goede zaak: we love ‘em!  

Pascal Smet & Co aka the Committee

Fier om @pascalsmet en zijn team als New kids on the block van Canal it up te mogen meerekenen. Ze kwamen het Staycation idee zelf uittesten en dit was met wederzijdse bevestiging (Zij als idee en wij als new kids). Er nog steeds van overtuigd dat Brussel een steeds mooiere plek kan worden. Vandaag zijn […]

Pierre & Sofie aka the Laundry Service

New kids on the Block Pierre en Sofie aka The Laundry Service. Ook vandaag was de zon weer op de afspraak. In zijn kielzog Pierre, student fysiotherapie in Brussel, hij beweerde nog nooit in een kajak gezeten te hebben, maar daar geloven wij niet veel van. Een natuurtalent en geboren stuurman! Sofie werd zelfs kort […]

Laura & Cedric aka the National Heroes

New kids on the block Laura en Cedric kwamen speciaal van het Leuvense afgezakt om op de nationale feestdag onze hoofdstad nog wat mooier te maken. Warme mensen met een hart voor de zon, het water en blijkbaar ook voor vogeltjes! Zo konden we deze arme stakker redden. Eens op het droge en opgewarmd vloog […]

Ellen, Ines & Willem aka the Unstoppable Trio

New Kids on the Block! Ellen, Ines en Willem. Ze kwamen special uit Mechelen om het kanaal op te kuisen. Na een korte briefing en gewenning verliep de opkuis opvallend snel! De gedrevenheid van deze heer en dames was ongelofelijk. Ik had moeite om ze te doen stoppen. Had ik niets gezegd, bleven ze volgens […]

Anna, Lucrezia, Vittorio & John aka the Polyglots

Anna, Lucrezia, Vittorio & John are the new kids on the block of this week-end!  Two charming couples that literally are from the block and saw the kayaks on the canal, so they wanted to participate and contribute to having a nicer view on the canal. They have found eclectic stuff like an old slipper […]

Suzanne & Émeline aka the 100th ones

New Kids on the Block ! Suzanne en Emeline, ze hebben over ons horen praten via vorige canalituppers waarmee eentje samenleeft. 1 week later zijn ze dus zelf te water en afval aan het rapen. De ene woont in Brussel sinds september en haar vriendin is op vakantie in Brussel en kiest DE coolste toeristische […]

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, ze waren er allemaal om de kade en het kanaal op te kuisen! Een bende van vier kwam zelfs vanuit Gent! Speciaal hiervoor. Zo mooi! De heren van @Saintklet die […]

Estelle & Sophia aka the Birdsaver Lookalikes

Vorige week hebben deze twee new kids on the block, Sophia en Estelle (aka birdsaver lookalikes :P) zich (van minder dichtbij) verplaatst om ons te komen helpen! Examens gedaan, waren ze klaar om weer buiten te komen en de natuur iets terug te geven! (Waarvan ik weet dat Estelle en haar zus wel vaker mooie […]

Isabelle aka the Holiday Rower

I present to you the newest kid on the block, almost litterally, Isabelle! She had already been on a kayak and done rowing on holidays, so she had the technique. Now she’s a pro for canal it up. 😉 It is good she came by because there was a lot of trash this sunday. We […]

Steven & Sander aka the Sunspecs

New Kids on the block, Steven en Sander aka The Sunspecs, zeer zelfstandige grote kerels in een kajak vorige zaterdag. Actief het kanaal opruimen, alsof ze dat al jaren doen! Wederom opvallend véél dode vissen van alle maten. Heeft een viswinkel zijn niet-verkochte vis in het kanaal gegooid? Steven en Sander kregen op het water […]

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

Gisteren is Birdsaver met new kid on the block Farah, Freddi Fish (kennen jullie het videospel?), gaan varen! Deze bijnaam enkel omdat er enorm veel dode vissen aan het drijven waren! Weet iemand hoe dat komt?? Gemiddeld om de 5m zou ik zo zeggen. Er waren meer vissen dan afval! Er lag wel minder afval […]

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 heeft 3 speciale vogels gevangen, Arendsoog and the Slip stealers. Vooral zeer gemotiveerde vogels.  Ze hebben meerdere keren herhaald dat ze mee wilden varen en gevraagd of het genoteerd stond.  We hadden geen netjes mee, dus we moesten snel zijn met de handen, of toertjes draaien rond het plastiek. Arendsoog is Victoria, heeft oog […]

Bernard and Olivia aka The Periodontist and The Youngest one

New Kid on the block! Bernard Dombret, Eliah en Olivia! Bernard is parodontoloog in het militair hospitaal en op tandheelkunde VUB. Een fijne man die al aan plogging doet (al joggend afval verzamelen) Hij straalt een mooie innerlijke rust uit, waardoor je terwijl je met hem praat zelf tot rust komt. Geen schrik om zich […]

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!! Waar moet ik beginnen? Dr. Chloé Grossen, Simon Delchambre en Nicolas Heydt + een echte zelfstandige canalit-upper  Louis Lammertyn, deze jonge heer begint er een gewoonte van te maken om mee te komen wanneer we gaan varen. Je zou hem wel eens kunnen zien rondlopen met zijn kajak op […]

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Djo aka Prepared

Niewste Kid on the Block, Djo, aka Voorbereid.  Hij kwam toe met kwetsuren van een lange fietstocht de dag ervoor, maar had zijn gewoonlijke glimlach nog, bracht het ontbijt en had zijn handschoenen bij om zich te beschermen tegen infecties. We hebben een vrouw gezien die in het kanaal was gevallen en zich er weer […]

Fauna and Charlotte aka Tic & Tac

New Kid on the block! Tic et Tac (knabbel en Babbel), to the rescue van het kanaal waren reeds canalitupsters toen ze aankwamen, zonder dit te beseffen uiteraard. Schminkster en danseres levende in Brüssel. Ze hebben het kanaal onder handen genomen zoals het hoort. De muren kwamen in het begin dicht bij hun kajak, maar […]

Hugo The Memory Guy

New Kid on the block, HUGO! When he was young, he used to kayak on the rivers of Alsace. The death little chick, rats and pigeons also hits his childhood eyes. Pure honesty of this guy who is writing a book about memory. It was a moment of appeasement on the largest part of the […]

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Louis aka The Globe Kayakker

New Kid on the Block Louis, aka The Globe Kayaker, had zijn eigen kayak mee. Samen met ondertussen vaste waarde Oscar, The Writer, en Lauren, Bird Saver, waren we dus met 2 kayaks op het water, dubbel zo efficiënt op jacht op plastiek! Louis kocht zijn kayak in Colombia en vaart er nu nog steeds […]

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Stan aka Brusseleir

New Kid on the block ! Stan, brusseleir met verschillende facetten. Werkt voor de verzekeringen, mixt graag muziek en volgt een opleiding om grafisch artist te worden. Na ons al rijkelijk te hebben geholpen met het realiseren van ons 1ste logo, engageert hij zich om ons verder te helpen voor de toekomstige evenementen. Na enkele […]

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Eliah aka The Super Kid

Well known KID on the bloc! Eliah, natuurlijk wil deze 8-jarige mee op’t water. De prijs: hij ziet een 20-tal dode ratten en véél, heel veel afval (onderweg naar de zee). Het kanaal is vies en stinkt papa. Jah, daarom dat we dit doen, jongen. We willen hier gewoon aandacht voor! Leuk was het wel […]

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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