Guides step up fight against plastic pollution

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Girlguiding members urge people to make a #PlasticPromise to curb single-use plastics. 

1st October 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Girlguiding members are stepping up the fight against plastic pollution with the launch of a new campaign.

Almost half a million Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and volunteers across the UK are calling on the nation to make a #PlasticPromise to curb single-use plastics.

This could include promising to use a recyclable water bottle, using an alternative to plastic cutlery, using reusable containers instead of cellophane, using reusable coffee mugs or speaking out about cutting plastic waste.

Once a promise has been made, guiding members will be rewarded with a digital #PlasticPromise badge.

The campaign comes as part of a week of action on plastic pollution that will see girls and young women ask politicians and big brands to listen to their voices on the environment. Research for Girlguiding found that 86% of girls and young women aged 11-21 say young people should be more involved in conversations with decision-makers about tackling environmental issues.

Taking action to protect the planet is one of the top five issues in Girlguiding’s Future Girl manifesto - with plastic pollution named as one of the biggest threats to their future.

The campaign is being supported by science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin.

She said: “We all need to take action to create the change our planet needs. Today, thousands of girls all over the UK are making their #PlasticPromise, leading by example and inspiring others to be part of the solution too.

“I am joining forces with these powerful young women to say to those who can enforce change where it matters most: treat the future of our children and our planet with the respect they deserve. These girls and young women want you to act now, for their future. They are here to make their voices heard - and you must listen, before it's too late.”

Emma Dixon, 19, is a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel. She said: “The scale of plastic pollution is terrifying and we must act fast. The planet is dying in front of our eyes.

“Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of young people with the school climate strikes. The strikes and #PlasticPromise show young people are determined to make a difference. We’re using our voices and together, we’re unstoppable. But we need those in power to act now.”

Tori Wilkie, eight, from the 137th Edinburgh Brownies, added: “Plastic is hurting our animals and polluting the oceans. I get really sad when I see them suffer and we should stop this happening.”