149 Portsmouth Schools Fight Plastic Pollution - The Directory Group

149 Portsmouth schools fight plastic pollution

149 Portsmouth schools fight plastic pollution

Thousands of Portsmouth students refused single-use plastics on 8th May for Plastic Free Day through activities run by The Final Straw Solent.

The day, which celebrated Sir David Attenborough’s 93rd birthday, saw the organisation work with 149 local schools in educating students on the damage single-use plastics cause to our environment through in-school assemblies, information sessions and a beach clean at Southsea Beach.

Joined by Kiko Matthews, an environmentalist and athlete; currently cycling 7200km around the UK’s coastline to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastics, and Village Hotel Portsmouth, which donated 10,000 reusable lunch bags to schools, the organisation was able to reach over 55,000 students, with 25 attending the beach clean on the Wednesday evening.

Lissie Pollard, director of The Final Straw Solent commented: “The response that we’ve had to Plastic Free Day here in Portsmouth has been incredible and it has been amazing to work with so many children, teaching them about the impact of single-use plastics on our seas.

“We’re working hard to protect the UK’s seas and beaches for future generations and we’re so proud to work with Kiko Matthews and Village Hotel Portsmouth to provide a practical and lasting impact on the region’s coastal locations.”

The beach clean at Southsea Beach was the fourth stop on Matthews’ UK tour, which will see her engaging with local communities along the way in the fight against single-use plastic pollution. For more information on Kiko Matthews and her journey, visit https://www.kikomatthews.co.uk/kik-plastic or @kikplastic on social media channels.


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