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A quick blog just because I don't know where else to store this idea. Lindsey and I met with Derek Hughes from Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC) on Thurs July 31st. The group is very active in getting people to engage in various ways around the river, and one of the things that they do and care deeply about is litter removal. They do regular litter picks, usually involving the same smallish group of people, but litter continues to be dumped on the river side and some of it is difficult to reach/remove. They would like to do more about it but feel constrained in various ways. 

Later in browsing on Twitter I noticed Litterarti, a Bristol-based social collective that aims to engage communities with the guidance of artists, around, you guessed it, litter. To my knowledge they haven't done anything on litter as it relates to waterways specifically, so maybe there's an opportunity there to get them involved. 

Litter may not sound very glamorous but it's one of those things about humans that connects us, often via water, with other species and processes, for instance, the below video, which is truly stunning. Incredible footage and a heart-breaking phenomena.  


Feb 14
"while engineering can depollute water, only ecologically interacting systems can create healthy waterways."

Quote from summary of

Water: A Natural History; Alice Outwater;  1997  - see on our Wiki here

May 24
Hydrocitizenship 1991, 40 mins - a musical investigation of water problems and demonstration of effective solutions by the late Kirsty MacColl :

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B22I7EPwHUYTd3pHdmZWU3lhZDA/view?pref=2&pli=1

"Don't Go Near The Water" (Beach Boys)

Don't go near the water
Don't you think it's sad
What's happened to the water
Our water's going bad

Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
Have all been touched by man
The poison floating out to sea
Now threatens life on land

Don't go near the water
Ain't it sad
What's happened to the water
It's going bad

Don't go near the water
Don't go near the water

Toothpaste and soap will make our oceans a bubble bath
So let's avoid an ecological aftermath
Beginning with me
Beginning with you

Don't go near the water
To do it any wrong
To be cool with the water
Is the message of this song

Let's all help the water
Right away
Do what we can and ought to
Let's start today








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