by Beatrice Murch and ViojF, 30 October 2012.
Friday 26 October, users of the popular website Taringa! put down their keyboards and picked up brooms in an effort to clean up Plaza Miserere in Once. As part of Taringa’s ‘Ciudades más Limpias’ (Cleaner cities) campaign, the volunteers swept up the garbage littering the plaza and encouraged others to take part and take care of their neighbourhoods. The campaign runs through 3 November and users who participate and show their work via photographs uploaded to the site will receive badges for their online profiles and good karma. Photographers Beatrice Murch and ViojF were on hand to document the afternoon’s good works.
Taringa! users arrive at Plaza Miserere to clean up the litter strewn about. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Taringa! users at Plaza Miserere to clean up the litter strewn about. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Guys watch as women work cleaning up Plaza Miserere. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Much of the litter at Plaza Miserere consisted of discarded cigarette butts as commuters wait for the buses to take them home. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Taringa! user Pablo sweeps around the commuters waiting in line at Plaza Miserere. (Photo: ViojF)
Jennifer Klueppel is interviewed by the local press about the clean-up effort organized by Taringa! users. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
One woman did not appreciate what she felt was just a photo opportunity and argued that clean up efforts should be focused in richer neighbourhoods. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
A woman sweeps alongside the subte entrane at Plaza Miserere. (Photo: ViojF)
The collected trash filled up several bags. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Taringa! users also took down the sex advertisements plastered on the bus stops. (Photo: Beatrice Murch)
Taringa! user poses at the Plaza Miserere subway stop entrance. (Photo: ViojF)
Taringa! user XMA7HIAS at the clean-up effort in Plaza Miserere. (Photo: ViojF)