Plastic Patrol comes to Bedford! Try paddleboarding for FREE and do something good for the environment!
Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:16
Plastic Patrol is bringing FREE activity-led clean ups to Bedford and is calling on local volunteers to tackle plastic pollution on the ground!
The nationwide community movement, Plastic Patrol, is joining forces with SUP Bedford and Canoe Trail in Bedford to tackle plastic pollution hotspots. With demand from the community for action, this is a chance to get involved with environmental initiatives.
Plastic Patrol, SUP Bedford and Canoe Trail will provide a FREE paddle boarding clean-up, on 6th July, 2pm, Butterfly Bridge, Bedford Embankment to support the environmental non-profit as it embarks on its biggest goal yet - to log and remove one million pieces of plastic to represent the one million marine animals killed each year due to plastic pollution.
Paddle boarding, yoga, parkour and canoeing clubs and instructors, are offering FREE activities this year around the UK as part of a summer series of wellbeing clean ups, organised by eco-activist and Plastic Patrol Founder, Lizzie Carr, in her ongoing efforts to eradicate single use plastic from nature.
SUP Bedford and Canoe Trail are supporting Lizzie's Plastic Patrol initiative and calling on local communities to get behind the activist movement in Bedford.
Whether you're a complete beginner or a total pro - everyone is welcome to come along to try out paddleboarding and no experience is necessary, making this Plastic Patrol X SUP Bedford clean up accessible to all. In return, Plastic Patrol asks participants to pay a 'nature tax' by picking up plastic waste and logging it in the PLASTIC PATROL APP. Every piece collected contributes towards Lizzie's mission to remove and log one million pieces of plastic in 2019, representing the one million marine animals.
"By joining up with clubs and instructors across the UK and incorporating more activities, I've opened Plastic Patrol up to a wider network so more people can get involved," comments Lizzie. "This will help gather even more data from other parts of the country, giving us invaluable insight into plastic waste issues. Not only found in waterways, but also on land – parks, mountains, streets – logging a huge cross section of data to analyse."
Lizzie took up paddle boarding following cancer treatment in 2014 as a means of rehabilitation and felt the positive physical and mental benefits immediately. Her time on the water also exposed her to the devastating impact of plastic pollution in nature and she has since dedicated herself to exploring the globe on paddle boarding adventures, using her journeys to capture important data to highlight and educate on environmental issues affecting our planet.
Whilst initial efforts began on and around UK waterways, intercepting plastic waste inland before it reaches the oceans, Lizzie's ambition is much bigger. This year, qualified instructors and clubs around the UK across five disciplines will run activity based clean ups, helping mobilise more communities and connect them with environmental issues through physical activities.
The Plastic Patrol app was launched in 2016 and leads the way in citizen science to address plastic pollution. The app currently holding the largest bank of plastic data for the UK inland waterways on record. It is focused on building a tangible and valuable evidence base through its army of passionate volunteers.
The data collected will be analysed by scientists at University of Nottingham to provide current and detailed insight into trends and patterns. This insight will create vital evidence to inform public policy around smarter and more circular packaging solutions, and responsible manufacturing behaviour.
''We are super excited to be working alongside Lizzie and partnering with Plastic Patrol this year. What Lizzie has managed to accomplish in just a few short years is inspirational. It demonstrates the power one person can have, and what a difference they can make fighting for a cause they believe in. Plastic pollution is a man-made problem so it's our duty to take responsibility and help put this right. What better way to do it than by offering volunteers the chance to get outside, try a new sport and have fun whilst doing something positive for the planet," comments Tom Harwood from SUP Bedford.
Lizzie comments: "Paddle boarding changed my life. It helped me to see the sheer volume of plastic waste clogging our waterways but also gave me a way to reconnect with nature. Before my illness I was in an environmental sleep walk and being out on the water opened my eyes to the problem. My hope is that running these clean ups, others will experience the same positive benefits as I did. By inviting people to join us on activity-led litter picks across the UK this summer – we're providing a great opportunity to get out in nature, try new activities and understand the extent of the problem we face with plastic pollution."
To book a space on this FREE wellbeing clean up with Plastic Patrol X SUP Bedford visit the Plastic Patrol website for more information.