It was good to meet with Beach Guardian today in Parliament to discuss the impact of plastics on our beaches.
Beach Guardian informed me that over the next 10 years plastic waste in the ocean is set to treble. That is why I supported their pledge to clean up our beaches.
They will be engaging with over 1,000 volunteers of all ages in their first 12 months. The plastics collected from local beaches are then used to deliver Educational Activities with primary schools and other events and they will share their message with 5,000 children in their first twelve months.
This week I signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption.
This week has been a significant turning point in the usage of plastics. Flintshire’s own Iceland foods has taken industry leading action on the reduction of plastic waste and Asda have soon followed.
Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastics, and inspire people to make small changes. The #PassOnPlastic pledge was also signed by 113 MPs, all making a public commitment to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.
Sky Ocean Rescue’s whale, Plasticus, which is made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic – the amount that enters our oceans every second – arrived outside Parliament to bring to life the scale of the problem.
Sky have been working hard to raise awareness of ocean health and I am delighted to join their campaign and look at ways to reduce my own plastic consumption. It is deeply worrying that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, with 8 million tonnes more ending up there every year. We all have a role to play in protecting our oceans – that’s why I have signed my pledge to #PassOnPlastic and encourage others to do the same.