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Can we save our rivers?

One particular person can’t save our rivers. Neither can one podcast episode. However I fervently consider that if we all begin to take steps proper now there’s nonetheless time to avoid wasting our rivers earlier than it’s too late.

My newest interview on the podcast is with wild swimmer and environmental campaigner, Angela Jones (you may hearken to it right here or on any podcast app and I additionally made a brief video after we went for a swim collectively which you’ll be able to watch right here).

Picture by Gemma Kate Wooden

Angela, a wild swimmer, environmental campaigner and writer of a beautiful e book about swimming the River Wye, swims within the river day by day and describes it as her workplace and her playground. Over the previous few years Ange has grow to be more and more alarmed on the rise in air pollution and lack of habitat within the river. She lately appeared on a Panorama documentary about sewage air pollution in our rivers, and is making one other programme with environmental journalist, George Monbiot.

We chatted about what we are able to do to make a distinction – all the things from taking care about what we placed on our pores and skin earlier than we swim (or capsize!) and ensuring we don’t unfold invasive species, to creating sound meals decisions. Since our interview, my membership has signed up for a citizen science mission to check the water for phosphates, nitrates and pH, and we’re going to conduct an environmental audit on the membership. We’re additionally in contact with different river customers over the difficulty of air pollution within the river Wye.

I do know a whole lot of you want to do your bit to avoid wasting our rivers however don’t actually know the place to begin, so I’ve created a web page with plenty of completely different sources, from water testing to litter selecting to the best way to report air pollution and write to your MP – test it out right here and PLEASE SHARE it along with your membership members, pals and fellow river lovers. If everybody makes simply a few tiny adjustments, we actually could make a distinction and save our rivers earlier than it’s too late. As Angela says, we’ve reached a tipping level, so why not take one step right this moment?

Whether or not you’re a rower, a swimmer, kayaker, SUPer, walker or simply somebody who loves the pure world, it’s in all our pursuits to maintain our rivers wholesome and delightful. Let me know in case you have any concepts for issues so as to add to the sources web page or for issues you are able to do to make a distinction.




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