We’ve written a lot about climate change in recent months and about the importance of celebrating and commemorating the dates dedicated to shining a light on environmental issues.

It’s a great way to mobilise people, raise awareness and to educate children on things like biodiversity, habitat loss, and green energy.

It’s why we wanted to raise awareness of International Rivers Day which is happening later this month.

International Rivers Day is on Sunday September 27th 2020 and we wanted to find out more about what makes rivers in the UK and abroad so vital not only to wildlife but local communities, too.

It’s impossible to be concerned about the pollution in our seas and oceans without also being aware of pollution in our rivers. 

80% of plastic that ends up in the sea starts off in rivers, so it’s vital that we not only celebrate the amazing biodiversity of rivers both at home and abroad but that we also make a commitment to keep them clear of rubbish and toxins.

International Rivers Day 2020 is a great opportunity to make an impact on your local community either by organising a clean-up alongside a riverbank or canal side or through education in schools or day-trips with families.

8 Facts about Rivers

We’ve got 8 facts about rivers for International Rivers Day that we hope will inspire you to take action not just on September 27th but for many years to come, too.

  • The industrial revolution had a devastating impact on marine life in the River Mersey.  Once the most polluted river in Europe, an extensive clean-up operation has seen marine species returning to the waters for the first time in centuries.  You can now find salmon, Atlantic dolphins, cuttlefish, harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins in the river.  In 1999, the Mersey won an award for the best river clean-up of anywhere in the world.
  • In Egypt, 95% of the country’s population live alongside the River Nile. Fertile soil along the river accounts for much of the country’s crops.
  • The Volga in Russia is so wide in places that if you stand at the water’s edge, you won’t be able to see the other side. 

Rivers are vital both for animals and humans.   They provide food, water, transport and help in agriculture, and they’ve inspired countless pieces of art and literature.

Why not visit a river this international rivers day (or even a canal, it’s not cheating) and celebrate everything that’s great about these fascinated and vital bodies of water.

And why not stop off for a drink, too.  We all know that riverside pubs have good beer, good food and great views.