This Christmas, give a gift that really matters
Christmas is all about giving something back to the people you love. Doesn’t our planet deserve a gift, too?
Since 2004, we have been fighting to defend our rivers. We are pollution fighters, habitat makers and wilderness restorers – and like you, we are passionate about our rivers.
Imagine a world where children couldn’t find joy in chasing sticklebacks through the shallows. A world where rivers fall silent, devoid of the wildlife which used to call them home. A world where rivers are so polluted that spending time near them isn’t worth the risk. This may seem dramatic, but sadly, this is the reality for many of our rivers.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
This Christmas, we’re asking you to join the fight by giving a #PresentForThePlanet. Your donation could make a huge difference to the future of our rivers. Whether you’re a walker, runner, kayaker, canoeist, wild swimmer, angler, birdwatcher, or simply someone who appreciates all that rivers do for us, we need your support.
Your Present for the Planet donation can be as small or as large as you want, either as a one-off contribution or a more regular commitment. You can donate for yourself, or make a donation on behalf of someone you love. What could be better than giving the gift of clean, healthy rivers?
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a buy one, get one free offer. That’s why Patagonia have very generously offered to match any donation made through their platform. That means twice the money, and twice the impact!
Across the Christmas period, we’re going to explore some of the key areas in which your donation could make a real difference. Find out more below.
Inspiring and educating children
We think every child should have the opportunity to develop a fascination with nature. In fact, spending time in nature has been shown to boost confidence and reduce stress in children.
Last year, we worked with 593 schools to inspire and educate children. Your #PresentForThePlanet could help us to deliver even more engaging workshops, days out and school sessions to children across the country.
Creating better habitats for wildlife
Are you worried about wildlife? Across the globe, biodiversity is falling and species are suffering. You could help us to create entirely new homes for mammals, insects, birds and fish across the UK, as well as improving existing habitats.
Last year, we improved 561km of river habitat, making these fantastic ecosystems more hospitable to the wildlife which live there – but we could improve even more with your #PresentForThePlanet.
Rivers fit for fun
Kayaking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, paddling… if we don’t act fast to address pollution, these activities could become a thing of the past. Many of our rivers are suffocating under a tide of pollution – but you have the power to change their fate.
Last year, we held 556 river cleanups, making rivers cleaner, safer places for the people who use them. With your #PresentForThePlanet, we could make even more rivers accessible to those who love them.
Shop Rivers Trust this Christmas
The Rivers Trust have now opened a shop!
Selling reusable stainless steel bottles and ethically, sustainably produced clothing, we have the perfect gift for you or a loved one this Christmas. Navigate to the shop using the menu bar at the top of the screen, or view bottles and clothes directly.