10am, 22nd MARCH 2020
The Great Borders River Clean has become an annual event across the Borders. Last year's event saw over 300 people taking part, with nearly 2 tons of rubbish collected from Borders rivers and their banks in just one day.
Most of this rubbish is plastic, which does not biodegrade and has a terrible effect on wildlife and the ecology of our river environments. Ultimately this plastic waste will end up in the oceans, where it causes huge damage to marine wildlife. Approximately 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK. Plastic wast
e has now been found in the deepest ocean trenches on the planet, in polar ice and on virtually every beach studied. 100% of turtles, 59% of whales and 40% of seabirds examined have had plastic in their systems.
One in three fish caught for human consumption contain plastic waste. In seawater plastic absorbs chemicals like PCB’s and DDT’s which have been linked to endocrine disruption and even some cancers, becoming more powerful as they work their way up the food chain.
This affects you, your children, and it will affect their children, and we need to stop it.
Join us at 10am on March the 22nd (yes we know it's Mother's Day- bring Mum for a walk along the river!). We will meet at the White Bridge at the top of the Lower Green and equipment, safety advice and instructions will be provided. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing and footwear, a pair of sturdy, preferably waterproof gloves, and a desire to do something for our planet. We will aim to tackle as much of the Lyne Water as we can between Medwyn House in the north and Newlands and Kirkurd Church in the south (see the map here).
Please check back here or on West Linton Facebook for more information nearer the day.