Week of action, the story so far

Week of activities to tackle marine litter engages community groups, schools and individuals across Glasgow.

Our Upstream Battle Week of Action 14-20 September has seen a host of activities and participants come together to clean up areas around Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

Hundreds of people have so far engaged with our aim: to tackle marine litter at its source, on land.

Events have included clean ups for community groups and individuals, lunchtime clean ups for businesses and surveying activities.

Our launch event at Campsie Glen was attended by Upstream Battle ambassador ocean rower Elaine Hopley. Groups and businesses involved have included East Dunbartonshire Council, Erskine Community Garden, Friends of the River Kelvin, Sustrans, Scottish Canals and Glasgow Over Plastic. 

Clean up events have already produced interesting finds, such as a child’s car seat. For the ‘freakiest find’ of the week, we are offering the chance to win a recycled plastic bench donated by Recoup and Berry BPI, one of the campaign funders. Learn more.

The Week of Action is part of our Upstream Battle campaign which aims to tackle the 12.7 tonnes of litter that enters oceans each year.

The Upstream Battle Professional Learning Programme launched amidst these activities, a teacher-focused series to develop confidence in delivering on each pupil’s entitlement to Learning for Sustainability and build STEM skills through the context of source to sea litter. The programme will continue until March 2020, delivered through a blended learning model combining face to face sessions and online learning.

There’s still time to take part in the Week of Action; there will be a screening of documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at 6.30pm, Thursday 19 September in conjunction with Glasgow Over Plastic at the Glad Café, Glasgow.

Learn more about the Upstream Battle campaign and how you can get involved, throughout the year.


19 September 2019

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