Chemical Cocktail Campaign
|Chemical Cocktail CampaignThis week we launched a Chemical Cocktail campaign to demand urgent action on chemical pollution in our waterways.|
Research by The Rivers Trust and Wildlife and Countryside Link revealed that toxic chemical mixtures were found at more than 1,600 river and groundwater sites in England.
Our new campaign webpage explains why chemical pollution is such a serious problem, with an interactive map showing the chemicals that were found at each monitoring site and a chance for the public to add their name to our joint letter to the government demanding change.
We want tougher controls on the chemicals allowed to be produced and sold in the UK, including a ban on the most hazardous chemicals, and better research and monitoring so we know what’s in our waters and how to tackle the harmful impact it is having for communities and nature.
A breakdown of the research by region, detailing where chemical cocktails were found across the country is available here. Whilst the data does not allow for regional comparisons, the information and stats can be used to tailor the campaign for local media coverage.
Supporting the CampaignPlease share the campaign across social media platforms and to your supporters with links to the campaign webpage and Wildlife and Countryside Link’s press release. The webpage includes our open letter to the Government demanding change, for people to sign and show their support.
LINK have provided social assets and advised copy for posts.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require any further information.
|LINK Press release|
|The campaign attracted both national and regional media coverage on the day of launch, with further features expected and radio appearances planned.|
NationalThe Guardian – Chemical cocktails harmful to wildlife found in 81% of English rivers and lakes
Inews – Study reveals England’s most polluted rivers, from the Derwent to the Ouse
Daily Express – Toxic cocktails found in water at 1,600 sites around England
Regional and onlineYorkshire Live – Poisonous chemical cocktail in England’s rivers says new study
Birmingham Mail – Mapped: The ‘dirtiest’ rivers in the Midlands as data reveals ‘worrying’ cocktail of toxic chemicals
Chard and Ilminster News – ‘Chemical cocktails’ polluting waters and poisoning wildlife, analysis shows