“From canoeing on a dry river to a future living on the top floor of a flooded house…”

As a keen canoeist, Roland talks about the present effects of dry weather on his local river and then goes on to think about how climate change might affect his city – Bristol -asking whether his home might be subject to extreme flooding or a severe lack of water…or both?

Roland: The first one I’ve got is we, my partner who was just here, we like going canoeing so a couple of year ago, when we went canoeing in November, the river was really, really high and fast. Then, the following May, when we went out, the river was. Two years ago, we had a very dry May and there wasn’t any water in the, it was was actually the River Wye, in this case, and the salmon were jumping all the time because there was no water but, all the way down the river, the farmers had their irrigation hoses, going into the river, and they were pumping the water out of the river, for the fields, because it was a really dry May so it was already low. I live down in the middle of Bristol, just near the river Frome, near the Horfield Brook. So I think to myself will there be more more water or will there be less water? We had an art project where they did a big line, all over Bristol, about where it was meant to flood and stuff and maybe I’m gonna end up living on the first floor of my house and then maybe my shop will be the boat shed. And then, number three, we go otter. We do a survey on the otters and we’ve got otters in the middle of Bristol and they live underneath the motorway. That’s where they’ve found them. So maybe they like the motorway. So maybe actually animals do benefit. They’re doing quite well in Bristol.


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