This September British Canoeing will be supporting World Rivers Day (23 September) by undertaking a series of clean ups on our rivers, canals and coast.
World Rivers Day is an annual celebration of the world’s waterways with millions of people from over 70 countries taking part in events, ranging from river clean-ups and habitat enhancement projects to educational outings and community riverside celebrations.
This year we are supporting it in conjunction with our Access and Environment Charter. We hope that the paddling community can get involved by undertaking a clean of their local waters. Big or small, our collective effort can and will make a significant difference.
“Looking after the environment is a passion for many of our members,” said Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager for British Canoeing. “Week on week we are hearing about events which our members are running up and down the country, clearing up our waterways, whether that is picking litter out of the water or clearing out invasive non-native species.
“World Rivers Day presents an ideal platform for us all to make a co-ordinated and concerted effort to make a positive impact on our waterways.”
World Rivers Day highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourage the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and only our active involvement will ensure their health in the years ahead.
“In England and Wales, one of the biggest threat is of course access,” added Ben. “In addition to a wealth of other benefits, having uncontested access on and along the inland waterways will enable us to make our impact even more significant. The activities on World Rivers Day will help us to highlight this when we launch our access and environmental charter later this year.”
For more information, and to find out how you can get involved, please check out the Access and Environmental pages on the British Canoeing website.