River Wensum Autumn Clean-up

16 October 2018

Norwich Green Party and the local community are continuing their campaign to clear litter from the River Wensum in Norwich on Saturday 20th October.

Jamie Osborn, who has been campaigning for a less-polluted city, said: 

“Media reports continue to show the horrific effects that increasing levels of plastic waste thrown into the world’s rivers are having on our marine life.  Plastic has been found in the stomachs of birds and mammals in even the most remote parts of the world.  Seeing the images of massive rafts of rubbish, most of it plastic, swirling around in our great oceans, it is hard to believe that we can do anything to help.  But by clearing our own rivers we are helping reduce that flow of plastic.  Local community actions show politicians that we care about our environment and that they need to act now to reduce this pollution.”

Pub & Paddle are once again kindly lending canoes for the water-borne litter pickers and other campaigners will be tidying the river banks.  The charity Rivercare will be providing gloves, litter-grabbers and bags and the Broads Authority will be helping out with their support boat.  The Red Lion pub by Bishop Bridge will be generously providing free light refreshments at the end of the event.

Green Party activist and organiser of the event, Peter Cutting, is encouraging everyone who cares about our environment to come along and make a difference:

“This is our third clean-up event in and around the river in the city area and each time we collect 30-40 bags of rubbish.  That’s a lot of rubbish to have saved from being washed down into the sea so let’s continue the good work and keep our river clean.”

The river clean-up is part of an ongoing Norwich Green Party campaign to reduce the amount of plastic we use and throw away and to find alternatives to disposable plastic packaging and single-use plastic items.

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