Week of action prevents hundreds of bags of litter reaching the sea

Week of action to stop marine litter prevents nearly 400 bags of rubbish from entering Glasgow waterways.

Our Upstream Battle Week of Action,14-20 September, saw thousands of people engage with our aim: to limit the 12.7 million tonnes of rubbish that enters our seas every year from land.   

Primarily focused on Glasgow’s Clyde Valley, the Week of Action sought to highlight the impact of human littering on the quality of our marine environment.  

Overall, nearly 400 bags of rubbish were cleared from areas around the River Clyde and surrounding waterways by 343 people.   

The week was supported by community groups, businesses and individuals who completed clean ups, surveys and educational activities, with nearly 3,000 people overall engaging with our pledge to take action. 

Clean up events were organised by Upstream Battle anchor groups, community groups and businesses including Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore, Friends of the River Kelvin, Belville Community Trust and Erskine Community Group.  

Young people came out in force to support the week, with schools across Glasgow, including Whinhill Primary, BalmallochMosshead Primary and High Blantyre Primary taking part in clean up activities.  

Our lunchtime clean up event for businesses at Glasgow Green was attended by employees from Jacobs, City of Glasgow College, Strathclyde Distillery and SThree Plc. They were just a few of many businesses that supported the week by attending and organising clean up events.   

Our sold-out screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’, in collaboration with Glasgow Over Plastic, featured Upstream Battle ambassador Elaine Hopley who discussed her experience of marine litter whilst completing her record-breaking row across the Atlantic. The film featured fellow Upstream Battle ambassador, Doug Allan, filming the extent of the marine litter problem.  

The Upstream Battle Professional Learning Programme launched amidst these activities, a teacher-focused series to develop confidence and build STEM skills through the context of source to sea litter. A total of 52 participants from early years, primary and secondary establishments took part across all four introductory twilight sessions between Monday 16 and Thursday 19 September.  

The programme will continue until March 2020, delivered through a blended learning model combining face to face sessions and online learning. 

Thank you to all who to part. Find out more about Upstream Battle 

01 October 2019

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