Wycliffe Preparatory School pupil Edie Guest was so shocked about plastic pollution in the oceans that she decided to do something about it. The 12 year old faced her biggest personal fear – speaking in front of large groups – and made a video and gave a presentation to her school assembly. Now she is lobbying the school to look at how the entire school can cut its use of plastics. “Plastic pollution is a big problem at the moment and we need to solve it. We all can do things that will make a difference,” said the Year 8 pupil. “At school council we are now looking at how we can stop using plastic cups for biscuits in the dining hall.” Edie’s video focuses on the use of straws, with her visiting different restaurants and cafes. “I did not think straws were bad but then I found out they can not be recycled. Sometimes people have two in their drinks,” said Edie. Her campaign has inspired her family too. “When my mum and I go shopping we look at things that are packed in plastic and ask ourselves ‘do we really need it?’ And then we think about the alternatives.”
Edie’s campaign is part of Wycliffe’s annual Kirby Challenge which asks pupils to complete an activity that benefits the community or school. Mr Adrian Palmer, Wycliffe Prep Headmaster, said: “The ‘Kirby Challenge’ award was developed to prepare Year 8 pupils for the transition to the Senior School. “Edie tackle her biggest fear of speaking in public and has challenged all of us to take a look at what we can do to cut our use of plastics. Her video, which she scripted, planned and edited herself presents a compelling call to action.”
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