Cal Major is currently stand up paddling the River Severn in the UK to highlight the plastic pollution problem and documenting her findings from source to sea.
Cal Major, the founder of Paddle Against Plastic, is paddling the navigable length of the River Severn on an expedition to explore the course of plastic from source to sea and the relationship between our lives inland and the ocean.
At 354km, the River Severn is the UK’s longest river. From its source high up in the Welsh hills, it flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and the cities of Shrewsbury, Worcester and Gloucester.
Cal is be stand-up paddleboarding the navigable section of the River Severn, from near the Welsh/English border, out to sea. She will be investigating the pollution found in the water, and how our actions can help alleviate this and also will be looking at how our connection to these blue spaces can improve our mental health, and encourage us to protect them more, and ways in which we can all help to reduce the amount of plastic going out to sea via our waterways. For example, a recent study from the Canals and Rivers Trust suggests that if each person visiting the waterways picked up just one piece of litter on each visit, they would be clear of plastic within a year!