Environmentalist writer and activist George Monbiot is about to release the world’s first on-site investigative news documentary exposing the shocking pollution of rivers across the UK.
Kill the river It will be broadcast live from the dedicated website at 7pm on Wednesday, July 14, 2021- www.rivercide.tv -And will call on millions of viewers to take action to protect and repair our natural waterways.
On-site documentation will be provided by Franny Armstrong (Franny Armstrong) is the recipient of the Gleason Award, she broke new ground for her climate film through crowdsourcing This Stupid times. It also includes original live music from sInger Charlotte Church and poet Owen Hills.
Monbiot, author Wild with Out of the wreckage with host Apocalypse Cow, Say: “Our rivers should be beautiful and complex ecosystems. But in our opinion, they have become sewers, poisoned by sewage and farm mud. They are dying before our eyes.
“Kill the river It will show how the agencies responsible for protecting our rivers are gradually underfunded and under-resourced, and fail to adequately monitor water quality and take action against polluters.
“We will also examine serious pollution incidents-such as the tragic pollution of Afon Llynfi in Wales last July, which resulted in the death of more than 10,000 fish.”
Armstrong’s movies Stupid times Raised £900,000 from 330 funders-five years before the launch of Kickstarter. She is also an innovator in independent film distribution technology.
She said: “After a year of blockade, we are now a country of wild swimmers and nature lovers-imagine if our rivers are safe and healthy again, we will have much fun for wild animals and humans. ?
“In this country, you can hardly find someone who actively wants dirty rivers. However, every river, lake and stream monitored in England is now polluted.
“How is this possible? This is the mystery Kill the river Work is being done-in real time. “
Last year, untreated sewage was discharged into English rivers more than 400,000 times-a total of more than 3 million hours.
The Mogden Sewage Treatment Plant in Twickenham alone discharged 3.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the Thames. One day in October, it leaked more than 1 billion liters of sewage-the equivalent of more than 400 Olympic-sized untreated sewage swimming pools.
Untreated sewage includes fecal bacteria and annoying chemicals-as well as wet wipes and sanitary napkins, which cause the accumulation of microplastics.
However, sewage is not the biggest source of pollution in British rivers: agriculture is the culprit responsible for most of the river pollution.However, the average farm can expect UNEP inspects every 263 years.
There are specific regulations Dealing with agricultural pollution in rivers-the “Water Agriculture Rules” was promulgated in 2018. However, to date, despite hundreds of violations of the rules, no fines have been issued under these powers.
ofThe production of the live survey will be led by the survey producer Nicola Cutcher nominated by BAFTA. His work includes The disappearance of Syria: the case of Assad.
The team behind Kill the river Crowdfunding production costs to achieve editorial independence-and also crowdsource information about the state of the rivers in the UK.
Monbiot will challenge politicians, fight polluters, and show how the public can reverse the situation and help restore Britain’s rivers.
The live movie will also illuminate those activists who tirelessly strive to change the fate of our river.
Kill the river We are supporting River Action’s “Return Our River to Us” campaign, which calls for the doubling of funding from the Environment Agency of England and Welsh Natural Resources Wales.
UNEP has suffered very severe funding cuts in the past decade, forcing it to cut its monitoring and enforcement efforts.
Eden Project also supports Kill the riverCall on the British public to set up a group of friends of the river to protect local rivers, organize cleanup and participate in citizen scientific monitoring projects.
Tim Smidt, the founder of the Eden Project, said: “The Eden Project has more than one million visitors every year. So far, the most common question we hear is: How can my family participate in protecting the environment?
“So we are very happy to be able to support Kill the riverCall for the cleanup of rivers nationwide, and we will encourage millions of subscribers to participate in protecting local rivers. “
The public will also support the nationwide movement to bathe water in rivers: only one English river-the dock in Ilkley, Yorkshire-currently has this status, while France has 573.
The movement will also promote natural solutions, such as wide buffer zones, where mud diffusion or other pollution activities will not occur along all rivers.
This film is likely to attract a large audience. Monbiot’s previous film about wolves attracted more than 40 million viewers, and his collaboration with youth climate activist Greta Thunberg attracted more than 60 million views.
Armstrong’s movies Stupid timesThe film starring Pete Postlethwaite ranked first in the average screen box office in the UK and won the Guinness World Records for the largest premiere ever.
Brendan Montague is Ecologist.