National Television for One Step at a Time!

It all started with a treasure hunt and a bad conscious:

North Cape, Norway

Treasure hunting at Smaakjaeftan, North Cape, Norway

Looking for polished sea glass, weather-worn driftwood and other treasures on this secluded, North Cape beach, I also found this:

trash, ocean pollution, norway

And my conscious said, “You can’t just take the pretty things and ignore all this plastic.”  An internal conversation started.  “What can one person do to make a difference in an enormous global problem?” “Will others want to help?” “How can we remove tons of plastic waste from a secluded beach?” “Where to start?”

And the answers came in the form of a project called One Step at a Time.

shoes, norway, ocean pollution

One Step at a Time:  1,000 Shoes gathered from the coast, used in an art exhibition to help increase awareness about the global problem of ocean pollusion and raise funds to rent boats and clean up remote bays that are full of plastic debris.

Status update:  950 shoes collected by local residents ranging in age from 4 to 75 years old.

One Step at a Time



I’m thrilled that our community is involved in helping collect the shoes.  In addition, local, regional and national media channels have also been interested in the project.

This past week I was honored to be asked to share about the project on national television.  Here’s the link if you want to see the interview with Sommeraapent NRK1, with our beautiful town in the background, and some of the shoes that have been collected so far. *click on #5 Amerikaner i Honningavag*

Amerikaner i Honningsvaag

Erica Haugli, Once Upon a DReam Gallery

And now to the next step:  The art exhibition will be a collaboration of several artists, some of the members from the local photo club, and students at the art school.

If you’d like to follow along in the process, no matter which country you live in, you can “like” our facebook page.  It would be wonderful to have the international community follow One Step at a Time. Facebook link for One Step at a Time

About ekhaugli

I'm Erica from America living at the top of the world - North Cape, Norway. I'm an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio, nestled in the picturesque fishing town, Honningsvåg. In 2014 I started and environmental art project, One Step at a Time, concentrating on removing trash from or arctic shoreline.
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36 Responses to National Television for One Step at a Time!

  1. HansHB says:

    Så innslaget på NRK! Flott-flott!
    Du er dyktig!
    I saw this at NRK, – great! Well done!

  2. mobius faith says:

    What a cool project. Love it. Great photos

  3. Hat dies auf Hamburg und Mee(h)r rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Very interesting article about the rubbish in our oceans.
    As many people at vacation now, please just to remind take your litter with you and not throwing away into rivers, ocean, landscape .

  4. Hi Erica,
    reblogged on Hamburg und Mee(h)r.
    Cheers Angela 😉

  5. this is so great! a friend just wrote about the beach trash where she lives at san clemente ecuador. i’ll go back and link you two together!

  6. rasklein says:

    It looks like much of the beach garbage is from lost fishing or crabbing gear. And plastic.

    • ekhaugli says:

      There is definitely a lot of debris from fishing and crabbing boats, but plastic is the main problem…. bottles, tubes, buckets, containers… from all types of industries. It can be quite overwhelming.

  7. Jane Lurie says:

    Great project! Congratulations on its success. Littering is a thoughtless behavior.

  8. says:

    This is a wonderful thing!

  9. says:

    I do not have FB..please keep us apprised here?

  10. seekraz says:

    It was rather trippy watching/listening to you speak Norwegian with the host of the show…I kept expecting everyone to go back to speaking English…they looked and sounded so….”American” somehow. 🙂

    Good for you, Erica…how nice to see your efforts drawing some positive attention.

    • ekhaugli says:

      Funny, Scott. I guess it probably’s about the same as a talk show in the States 🙂 And thanks for your well wishes. I’m looking forward to seeing how the project continues.

  11. Su Leslie says:

    Fantastic project. I wish you and your community great success. 🙂

  12. Anna Hergert says:

    Congratulations, Erica! Great publicity for a worthwhile project – well done!

  13. drawandshoot says:

    Terrific, Erica! : )

  14. Seenorway says:

    I tried to open your pictures in full screen, but received a message saying they contained a ‘fault’ (no further description) and could not be displayed. They were, however, quite OK in normal mode.

  15. Dina says:

    Congrats, well done!!!

  16. ae.i says:

    Awesome project!

  17. mariayarri says:

    Great project ! And you were fantastic in the interview! Thank you for sharing.
    Do you understand if i write in Swedish, or do you prefer if i write in english ? // Maria 🙂

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