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Kayak with Canal It Up for a more beautiful Brussels canal!

Does the mountain of waste in the Brussels canal annoy you? Do you want to join other volunteers to help make it plastic-free again, so that nature can retake its place? Do you like to kayak? Then Canal It Up is for you! 

The canal in the centre of Brussels suffers from a rubbish problem, lack of nature and poor water quality. Something urgently needs to be done! Luckily, Canal It Up has the solution. The initiative was set up in 2019 and will be running for at least the next two years. As a volunteer, you’ll help with one or more of their projects, raising awareness by sailing your kayak along the canal. During the trip you’ll fish for rubbish, to clean up the water. You’ll also think about ways to stop all that rubbish being dumped. Are you happier on dry land? Then Canal It Up can help you too! You’ll help the greening of the canal through creating plant islands, which are not only nice to look at, they also give nature a chance to bloom again. With Canal It Up, you’ll also improve the water quality of the canal by reflecting on creative solutions for recycling or reusing the rubbish fished out.  

The project takes place all year round. Last summer more than 400 people fished rubbish from the canal in a kayak. That’s a great number, but it could be even better! The more VUBers kayaking on the canal, the more our voice is heard by politicians. So your participation is really important! It’s time we gave the canal the care it deserves. Do you have another idea for improving it? Then let us know! Don’t hesitate, sign up now to Canal It Up! 

Do you want to get involved in this project?

I want to join
Project manager:
Pieter Elsen

E-mail:
pieter@canalitup.org

Would you like to know more about this project?

Click here!

Your commitment

You are... 

  • A VUBer who wants to be a responsible citizen 

You have… 

  • The desire to kayak on the Brussels canal 
  • An idea to improve the canal 

What’s in it for you? 

  • You’ll make your voice heard 
  • You’ll be part of an important climate protest 
  • You’ll better understand environmental issues 
  • You’ll help to put pressure on the political landscape 
  • Kayaking is a fun activity 
  • It’s an educational initiative 

Do you want to get involved in this project?

I want to join
Project manager:
Pieter Elsen

E-mail:
pieter@canalitup.org

Do you want to know more?

Click here!