Patricia Carswell |

Life on the river: the environment

Award-winning blogger and journalist, Patricia Carswell, shares her thoughts in her exclusive British Rowing blog – Life on the river

Remember the days before the pandemic? When we rowed and socialised with *gasp* other people? When a single-household crew was something you put together for fun and photo opps at the local regatta, and social distancing was only practised when somebody made an off-colour joke?

Back then, the thing that preoccupied us most (apart from the endless quest to get better at rowing) was the environment. We’d look aghast at riverbanks festooned with plastic-bag bunting, see riverbeds either bone-dry and cracked or swamped by the latest flood, and observe algae blooming in our beloved waterways, thanks to phosphates being poured in upstream. And we wanted to do something about it.

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