Thames Plastics Awareness Weekend: The Monster in the Murky Depths

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As a London based organisation, we at EcoTales are very very proud of our Capital and the River that runs through it.

You might think that the problem of pollution in the River Thames is a thing of the past.  On the surface, the Thames looks cleaner than ever.  Recently, scientists from the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway University of London started to carry out studies of two creatures, the Mitten Crab and the European Eel.  No, we had never heard of them either!!!

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The scientists led by Paul Clark at the NHM, used nets to intercept the organisms and it is these nets that have revealed a worrying visitor to the river.  Over the course of three months, the nets caught over 8000 items, and most of them were plastic.  We can’t see this debris as it is on or near the river bed.

We were shocked to hear this information.  The world is waking up to the horrific truth about marine debris in the gyres that have formed in our oceans, but it is now coming to our attention that plastic pollution is clogging up our fresh water lakes and rivers.

This horrific pollution is hidden in the Thames, and it’s time to do something about it.

EcoTales are taking part in the Thames Plastic Awareness Weekend on 4th and 5th January. We will be joining forces with scientists from the museum and Thames 21 at the Darwin Centre.  You will be able to take part in Nature Live Q&A sessions with scientists, play ‘litter games’ organised by Thames 21 and between 11 and 3.30pm on both days, EcoTales want you to bring your plastic bottle tops and help us to create a giant ocean scene.

It’s free and there is something for all the family to get stuck into!  Don’t forget to collect your plastic bottle tops over Christmas and let’s start 2014 by helping to reducing plastic pollution.


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You can visit the NHM website on the day for more information and directions to the museum.  We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are collecting bottle tops but can’t join us please send them in plenty of time to: EcoTales, 2 Heron Rd, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1PG


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