Celebrities support our campaign

We're excited to announce that three personalities, all passionate about the problem of marine litter and connected to the Clyde, are now ambassadors for Upstream Battle.


Doug Allan, photographer and wildlife cameraman

Dunfermline-born Doug was a marine biologist who spent ten years with the British Antarctic Survey before becoming a natural history cameraman and presenter. He has won many awards for his cinematography, on series including Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet and Frozen Planet. Having seen first-hand the impact that marine litter has had on wildlife, he is passionate about raising awareness of this global problem.

“It’s never been more important to look after our planet. What we do on land directly affects the health of our rivers and our seas and everything that lives in them. It’s time to get serious about the source of marine litter, and I’m delighted to be supporting Upstream Battle.”

Elaine Hopley, ocean rower

Paisley-born adventurer, Elaine, holds the Race Record for Solo Female in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 and held the Guinness World Record for the fastest solo female in an open-class boat in 2017.  She is one of only 15 women to successfully row an ocean solo.  Elaine plans to row across the Pacific Ocean to highlight the impact of marine litter.

“Upstream Battle is a compelling and exciting initiative, which is essential to educate and change behaviour. Our litter problem is out of control and we all need to change our ways of thinking for the future of marine life and oceans.”

Martin Compston, actor

Greenock-born Martin is an actor and former professional footballer.  He is best known for his lead role in BBC’s drama "Line of Duty" and has recently received an honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University for his outstanding contribution to television and fundraising for a local hospice in Greenock.  Having grown up on the banks of the Clyde, he is keen to protect the river for generations to come and to highlight the role the river plays in taking litter out to sea. 

“After the success of the incredible Blue Planet series I think more than ever people are aware of the devastation plastic pollution is causing to marine life in our oceans. I’m not sure however how many people understand that the devastation begins right on their doorstep. 80% of litter in seas begins life on land.

“I’m very proud to have grown up on the Clyde and it never ceases to amaze me how stunning it’s is every time I return home. Look closer though and you see it has become a dumping ground for crisp packets, cans and plastic bottles. That’s why I’m delighted to support Upstream Battle with Keep Scotland Beautiful and join the fight to clean up the Clyde.”

We're delighted to have our ambassadors on board and we thank them for their support.



24 October 2018

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