Jason Elliot will be travelling 162 miles today, raising awareness of the 8 million tons of plastic in our oceans
Plastic pollution is a serious issue, not just in our country, but around the world. 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and every minute 2 million single use plastic bags and 1 million plastic bottles are sold.
Jason Elliot from Hebden Bridge will be braving the cold February weather, to travel across the country, all on a standup paddleboard. He is doing this to raise money for the marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage, and to raise awareness of waterborne plastic waste.
Standup paddleboarding is similar to surfing, except - as the name suggests - you would be using a paddle, whilst standing up on the board.
Today he will start his 10 day challenge to paddleboard from Liverpool to Goole, following the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, which consists of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and the Aire and Calder Navigation. Jason will set off from Bootle, and aims to arrive in Goole on the 16th of February. He will have travelled a total of 162 miles.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail is a project run by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River trust, which spends over £1 million every year removing litter from towpaths and waterways.
Jason, the boss of local recycling company British Recycled Plastics, said:
"The issue of plastic in our waterways is serious, and one that cannot be taken lightly. People think about the plastic in the world's ocean's, but it's affecting us here in the UK too in our inland canals and rivers as well as our beaches.
"I am grateful for the support of the team at Canal & River Trust for their help in organising this, the wonderful people at Bluefin for their incredible Sprint Touring iSUP (Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard) and carbon fibre paddle, the team at British Canoeing for helping to get the word out, and to my daughter Georgia who will be doing all the day-to-day logistical support and filming during the crossing."
Jason has given details as to where he will be starting each day on his Just Giving page, giving anyone with a kayak, canoe or paddleboard the chance to join in, even if it is just for an hour or even the whole day.
You can find more information at his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-paddleboard
Or you can visit the Facebook page for the trip: https://www.facebook.com/jasonpaddleboard