An Englishman and a Frenchman walk from Marseille to Paris to pick up the masks against the coronavirus thrown in nature, reports Wednesday, November 18 France Blue Auxerre. After 700 kilometers already covered and 4,200 masks already collected, this week, the two men are in Yonne.
Edmund Platt – nicknamed “the English snail” – and Frédéric Munsch – nicknamed “the Marseillais boar” – left Marseilles on October 1 to walk along the TGV line to Paris. Their mission: to collect all the masks thrown on the ground that they find on their way.
Edmund is the founder of the association “1 waste per day” and explains “be interested in masks because it is the waste of the year […] This walk is really to raise awareness and to meet as many people as possible. Instead, we invite them to choose reusable cotton masks. Because ‘disposable masks’ doesn’t mean ‘throw-on masks’. “
Every evening, after 25 to 30 km of walking, the duo stops if possible at the inhabitant’s house or in a communal hall. “People are very welcoming”, says Frédéric. “We’re going to knock on someone’s door and they call all the neighbors, the traders are mobilizing.”
And their adventure does not leave indifferent. In Carisey (in Yonne), the mayor Pascal Etchart did everything to facilitate their passage: “We support them morally in their journey, because it is great what they do by walking across the country with sometimes bad weather. You need a great force of conviction. I tell them ‘hat’, they deserve a medal. at the arrival”. The two friends are due to arrive in Paris next week.