Inspirational children and exemplary teachers win the Plastic Free Christmas 2021 competition.
Category: Press release | Date: February 1, 2022 | By: Centre for Big Synergy, London. UK.
Children at St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Surrey, Staunton-on-Wye Endowed Primary School, Ashperton Primary Academy, Ledbury, and 9 year old Trinity Beesley from Woodlands Primary School, Kent, are the winners (in their respective categories) of the nation-wide UN SDGs initiative, Plastic Free Christmas 2021 that was rolled out to over 24,000 schools and colleges across the UK, in December 2021, and was supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Plastic free Christmas 2021 competition was part of Centre for Big Synergy’s, United Nations Global Goals initiative, Microplastic Free 2030.
The unanimous message received from all participants of this initiative was loud and clear – ‘’to combat a global issue as plastic pollution all we need is the willingness to care for the planet and its people.’’ As they say ‘If you care you will save it’.
The competition encouraged participants to have a plastic free Christmas through their decorations, parties and gifts.
The judges had a very tough time selecting the winners and were truly amazed at the incredible initiatives taken by the participants, runner ups and surely the winners. However, looking at the analytics that were gathered from the participants, it is very clear that there is still a huge need for more knowledge about microplastic pollution and adoption of plastic free ways of life by children, young people and their families.
As the world is set to get a global plastic treaty to tackle plastic pollution the million dollar question is are we as consumers ready to tackle plastic pollution in our daily lives and make small changes to protect the planet and its people?
Our addiction to plastic goods and single use plastics is ongoing with almost no suitable replacement of plastic yet to be rolled out globally and with strict regulations yet to be in place, we have over 11 million metric tonnes of plastics find their way into the ocean every year. Plastics eventually break down into Microplastics that alone account for 1.3 million tonnes – or 11% – of total plastic pollution. These are tiny, hidden, pieces of plastic, usually less than 5 millimetres (mm) in size that are not visible but are ubiquitously present in the air, soil and the ocean. Personal care products, cigarette butts, clothing, food, and the environment all contain them. They’re everywhere even in unborn foetuses (UN source).
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