Girls from Ashton complete their Girlguiding campaign efforts to reduce plastic pollution and encourage Preston to recycle in a week.
The UK’s biggest girl-led campaign, #PlasticPromise, involves almost half a million girls who are asking friends, families, and public bodies in their communities to join the campaign and for all to make a #PlasticPromise.
The promises or commitments they’ve been asking people to make include:
- Start using a reusable water bottle
- Start using an alternative to disposable cutlery
- Start using a reusable box or reusable wrapping instead of clingfilm
- Start using a reusable coffee cup
- Stand up and speak out about cutting plastic waste
St Michaels and All Angels, Girlguiding Chief, Eliane Clare said:
“I think judging by the pictures, [below] you could say the plastic collected, when put end to end the length of five blue whales which is 17 guides length per whale! That’s a lot of plastic!
“In the Ashton Park District we have raised awareness of our plastic use in our homes and the girls have committed to reducing and honouring their promises made during the event. We will now look at how we can reduce how much plastic we use in the unit.
The work of the 60 volunteers in Ashton Park is to empower girls and young women to think about their environment and what they can do to help their local community.
These principles are at the heart of what makes Girlguiding so special. We give girls a voice.”
Research from Girlguiding’s 2019 Girls’ Attitudes Survey 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. As well as it’s a good idea to give people money back when they return plastic bottles to shops, to encourage more people to recycle.
Wildlife TV presenter, Liz Bonnin, said:
“We all need to take action to create the change our planet needs. This week, 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.”
Eliane says that the next plan is to work with leaders like Preston City Council member, Elizabeth Atkins, who represents Ashton.
Ashton’s girls are hoping to work with Preston’s leaders to encourage change in Preston. Other success stories for this campaign across the UK have lead to Burger King announcing they would no longer include plastic toys in children’s meals.