In 2017 adventurer, campaigner and speaker Dhruv Boruah cycled 'ON' the mighty river Thames, unsupported on his handmade Bamboo Bike collecting plastic litter to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
His continuing aim is to make everyone aware about the dangers of plastic pollution, not just in the oceans and seas but in our canals and rivers too and is hoping to inspire people to take action.
Did you know that plastic is in the WATER we drink, in the FOOD we eat and in the AIR we breathe?
The real danger are the microfibers and micoplastics that act as magnets and attract toxic pharmaceutical chemicals which they release inside marine life, possibly humans. We need to expose these dangers to our communities and make them aware about these dangers and inspire them to take action.
On his journey along the Thames, Dhruv was joined by teams of Canal & River Trust volunteers with a workboat and local people cleared litter from the towpaths as he made his way along the Birmingham Canal Navigations from the Centre of the Earth environmental centre at Winson Green to the centre of Birmingham. As reported by Canal Boat Magazine, the CRT said that it spends £1m per year clearing rubbish from canals nationally, while the local volunteers recently pulled out two tonnes of plastic in a week from Birmingham’s canals.
Dhruv, who was inspired to join the campaign against plastics during a London to Rio sailing race, has used his floating bike on London’s canals before turning his attention to Birmingham. He pointed out that “plastic waste can cause real problems for wildlife right here on our canals but it also travels through our waterways to the ocean harming marine life”, adding that the real solution was to inspire people to stop plastic at its source.
After tackling the Thames, this year the ocean racer, rally driver, biker, maker and trainee arctic explorer has moved on to his Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent and Leiden projects and has ongoing plans to approach the Regents Canal and Grand Union projects.
Watch his inspiring video of the Thames Project here >