Primary pupils’ plea brings immediate action

Jess Adams, Max Gibbs, and headteacher, Julian Thomas

Posted on: 13 December 2017

A plea from two primary children to cut plastic in the oceans has had an immediate effect at Devon County Council.

Max Gibbs and Jess Adams from Georgeham C of E Primary School and their headteacher, Julian Thomas, gave a presentation to Devon’s Cabinet last month calling on councillors to do everything they could to cut plastic in the environment.

The two pupils provided a stark warning about the threat to marine life and the oceans’ eco-systems if nothing was done.

Now the county council has unanimously agreed to take action to try to achieve a plastic free coastline.

Councillors have launched a review of single-use plastic items and how they can adopt suitable alternatives.

And they will look at other ways of reducing the council’s use of polluting plastics.

The council also committed itself to providing community leadership to others attempting to achieve a plastic free coastline.

Council leader John Hart said: “People have known about this problem for some time. But anyone who has seen some of the awful scenes on David Attenborough’s Blue Planet programme will know we all have to take immediate action.

“We were all very impressed by how confident Max and Jess were and we will welcome them back in the New Year to check on our progress.”

Fremington councillor Frank Biederman arranged for the pupils’ presentation and presented a notice of motion to the council calling for action.

He said: “I think it’s great that we are leading the way in supporting this campaign.”

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