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Eight year olds put pressure on Boris Johnson to stop sending plastic waste abroad

Children took their letters to 10 Downing Street urging the UK to stop dumping waste on others

A group of Year Four schoolchildren are urging the Prime Minister to stop dumping plastic waste on other countries, with one likening it to one person pouring rubbish over another.

The schoolchildren, aged eight and nine, are from Thomas’s Clapham school in Wandsworth.

Together with their MP, Marsha de Cordova and representatives from Greenpeace, they met outside 10 Downing Street yesterday to deliver letters calling on the Prime Minister to stop exports of the UK’s plastic waste to other countries.

The children were inspired to write their letters after watching Greenpeace’s ‘Wasteminster’ campaign film about the plastic crisis, which highlighted research evidence showing the UK is still dumping plastic waste on other countries.

The UK exported 688,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2020, which equates to an average of 1.8 million kilograms every day.

“I have written to ask you to try preventing sending plastic to other countries. They cannot handle it. Animals, kids, grownups and plantlife are suffering or dying because of the plastic being sent there,” wrote Kassia in her letter to Boris Johnson.

Meanwhile, her classmate Hugo, wrote: “Dumping our waste on other countries is like one human pouring on another human”.

The children’s teacher, Rachel Owen, said: “All the children in the class are hugely passionate about protecting the environment. I showed them Greenpeace’s film and it was their idea to take action and write to the Prime Minister.”

Marsha de Cordova, Labour MP for Battersea, said: “By 2050, it is estimated that our oceans will contain more plastic than fish. The urgency and seriousness of the situation has never been clearer. If these children can understand the severity of this issue, the Prime Minister should too.”

Nina Schrank, Senior Plastics Campaigner at Greenpeace UK said: “It’s great to see these young campaigners taking action on the plastic waste crisis. The government needs to listen to these children and take control of this problem and stop dumping our plastic waste on other countries.”

After the meeting outside Number 10 today, the children have posted their letters to the Prime Minister because of current Covid-19 restrictions on delivering letters to Downing Street.

Written by: Tom Bawden

Source: inews UK

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