This October, hundreds of people up and down the country are taking the plunge and committing to a cold daily dip to raise funds and protect our oceans.
Our oceans are the beating heart of our planet, without them we simply will not survive. Surfers Against Sewage are a charity committed to protecting, preserving and cleaning up our oceans whilst also educating people on sea safety and how best to protect the water that surrounds us; “We create Ocean Activists everywhere 🌊 Thriving ocean, thriving people.”
Next month, people up and down the country are raising vital funds to support Surfers Against Sewage and the incredible work they do. Whether it’s a shower, ice bath, lido, local beach or river, anyone can get involved in this challenge. By taking a dip in cold water every day, not only will you be raising money, you’ll also boost your well-being! With stacks of evidence to suggest cold water immersion has tons of benefits to both your physical and mental health, what’s not to love?
If you’re interested in taking the plunge, it’s super easy to get involved. You just sign up, fill in your details and your fundraising page will be set up for you. Then all you need to do is ask people to sponsor you and complete your challenge.
All the information you need can be found on the Surfers Against Sewage website
The exposed cuts could have dire consequences for the party and Truss’ odds of becoming Prime Minister
Another day, another public scandal for the Conservative party. This time, raw sewage has been reported by the public in rivers and seas up and down the country. Liz Truss, who is one of the favourites to replace Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister, is being blamed as it’s been reported that Truss oversaw a cut to funds that tackles water pollution.
“Liz Truss has sewage on her hands,” says a report from the Guardian. The Environmental Agency announced that Truss was responsible for cutting £235 million from their budget, of which £80 million was for sewage monitors. The reports followed public outrage at the nation’s beauty spots that have been polluted with toxic waste. Those living near Britain’s most beloved beaches are particularly worried about the impact that this will have on their jobs and livelihood, as the pollution is likely to deter visitors from going on British holidays, and so, will cause businesses to suffer.
Teeside, a town in the North East, is one of the hardest hit locations in this sewage scandal. Mayor, Andy Preston, told the BBC that he is telling people to stay away from the town: “It’s never a good time to tell people to stay away from the coast, especially in the summer when our beaches are busy with people on holiday,” Mr. Preston said. “I cannot do anything directly but I can rouse the public to get Northumbrian Water to fix it.” But there is only so much that a small town can do, as this is a nationwide scandal. “All I want to do is get people to put pressure on water companies, as I really don’t think such big profit-making businesses are under enough pressure,” he said.
One of the main causes of the sewage overflow into the waters is the enormous cuts to the monitors. The monitors are the technology that companies use to regulate the amount of sewage that is spilling into the seas and rivers. But, clearly, the cuts to funding have contributed to a shortage in technology, and as a result, sewage levels are not being controlled.
The opposition party has jumped at the opportunity to condemn Liz Truss and the Conservative Party’s shameful action. The shadow Environment Secretary, Jim McMahon said “Under the Tories, the country is facing a crisis in our water supply.” He continued to express how the nation’s water infrastructure is at a “bursting point,” not only due to the sewage spills but also due to the sheer volume of wasted water. “The fact that Liz Truss was the one to cut the EA so severely, not only demonstrates her lack of foresight, but also her lack of care for the detail in recognising the need to adapt to the serious flooding that had just happened on her watch.”
After the unprecedented summer, characterized by droughts and record-breaking heat, the nation is becoming increasingly aware of the consequences of climate change. The latest tory scandal is yet another clear indication that the government is unfit for office. As the cost of living crisis worsens, Brits are increasingly looking to UK destinations for their summer holidays. But, with raw sewage pouring into the beaches, it is becoming a final straw for many.