Celebrating our Anchor Groups' commitment to stopping marine litter
To kick start our Year of Coasts and Waters we held a celebration event for local community groups involved in Upstream Battle, termed Anchor Groups. Since March 2019 they have been championing the Upstream Battle campaign within their local community. The celebration event was a chance to get together and thank them for their support of the campaign, which ultimately contributed to the campaign winning ‘Best Communications and Campaign’ award at the 2019 Scottish Resources Awards.
With 80% of marine litter originating on land Upstream Battle aims to change behaviour and prevent marine litter at source. The campaign is the first of its kind in Scotland and through a multi-faceted approach comprising of raising public awareness, gathering evidence and education has sought to understand the complex impacts of our throwaway society on our marine environment.
The Anchor Groups have played a key part of leading the way in gathering evidence on the levels of litter on stretches of the River Clyde and its tributaries. Learn more about each participating group and their reasons for taking part in the campaign.
At the start of their journey they received support in adopting a site along the river, or one of its tributaries, and asked to monitor litter levels to gather data and help us find long-term solutions of prevention. They were also given support to develop campaigns which focusses on litter issues faced at a local level.
The event provided a chance to discover what each group had been developing as well as inform them about the entire programme of events the campaign has undergone since launching in 2018. It also touched upon next steps for the remainder of phase 1 of the campaign before it ends with a showcase in June 2020. The ultimate aim now is to continue to gather evidence on the litter levels found near the River Clyde and it’s tributaries to better inform next steps in tackling the issue of marine litter. Find out how you can take part.
During the event groups were given the opportunity to network and learn from best practice, sharing amongst other groups and staff at Keep Scotland Beautiful things which worked particularly well or perhaps others which required more attention.
We hope to build on the feedback received from our Anchor Groups to better the initiative before rolling it out to other areas of Scotland as part of our Clean Up Scotland campaign.
20 January 2020