Greens Tackle Plastic Pollution

20 June 2019

Norwich Green Party campaigners and the local community are getting together to clear litter from the River Wensum and the surrounding area in Norwich on Saturday 22nd June.

Newly- elected Green Party city councillor, Nigel Utton, said: 

“We are all aware of the increasing amounts of plastic being found in even the most remote corners of the world and much of that comes from the waste thrown into streams and rivers in our towns and cities. Who would think that a simple crisp packet tossed into a river would contribute to the global contamination problem that’s so damaging to marine life? A lot can be done at a local level and a community action such as this offers an opportunity for everyone to help keep our planet clean and healthy.”

Pub & Paddle are again supporting the event by providing canoes for those who like to be on the water but there’ll also be plenty to tidy up on the river banks. The charity Rivercare will be supplying gloves, litter-grabbers and bags and the Broads Authority will be joining us with their support boat. Free light refreshments will be provided by the Red Lion pub by Bishop Bridge afterwards.

Green Party activist Peter Cutting has successfully organised several such events and is encouraging everyone who cares about our planet’s future to come along:

“It’s been great to see so many people coming together to make a difference. By cleaning up our river and its surroundings we’re not only stopping yet more plastic waste getting washed down into the sea, but also providing a pleasanter, litter-free environment for us all.”

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

Anyone interested in taking part should come along to the Bishop Bridge on Bishopgate in Norwich on Saturday 22nd June from 10.30am to register for an 11am start. To reserve a place in a canoe or for further information, please contact Peter Cutting in advance on:


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