Thomas Keble students rise to David's plastics challenge
Young people at Thomas Keble School are rising to a challenge posed by David Drew MP to reduce plastic use.
During an earlier visit to the school, David challenged pupils to find ways to reduce plastic after they told him about their concerns about plastics and pollution. So David returned to Thomas Keble last week to find out about their initiatives and met a small team of Year 11 students, Lily Bryant, Holly Hamblin and Flo Hawker.
Lily, Holly and Flo have been working to reduce plastic as part of the Citizen Action campaign section of their GCSE Citizenship. They have been successful in introducing recycling bins and food-waste bins, and refillable water bottles are being supplied to the pupils via the school’s catering company. They also told him about the letters they have written to large companies including Wagamama, Pizza Express and McDonalds, urging them to reduce plastic use.
The GCSE Citizenship course leader, Mrs Haynes said, “The group has remained focused, well organised and determined to see results.
“Having chosen a topic so close to their hearts has enabled them to demonstrate the passion necessary for a successful campaign. We are very proud of them.”
David Drew MP said, “It was a really inspiring visit, and it’s good to see young people leading the way in helping to change attitudes about plastic use.”
David Drew, who is also Shadow Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is also working towards plastic reduction. His office in Stroud has signed up to the Stroud Refill scheme, which allows people to refill water bottles during the office’s opening hours.