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For the second year in a row, WHS is entering the Young Reporters for the Environment Competition 2019 with the focus being on single use plastics.

All three entries from last year’s competition were placed, so we are hopeful that we can be just as successful at a regional and international level again.

Josh and Max Kamalarajah’s message is:

“It’s time to wake up to the problem of plastic!”
400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year.
The problem with plastic is that it doesn’t rot. Instead it hangs around in the environment for hundreds of years polluting our land and oceans, killing our wildlife and poisoning our food chains.
The problem is that far too many of us are ignoring the problem!
This photograph is a visual metaphor of how denial and nonchalance are permitting us to “sleep easy” while persistent plastic pollutants are burying our planet alive. This is not a dream…this is reality and it’s time to wake up and face the problem of plastic before it becomes our nightmare!

Thomas Brady’s message is:

‘Drowning in a sea of plastic’

In this article I have raised awareness of the problem of our use of plastic that can’t be recycled. I show the difficulties faced for me as a shopper trying to do a shop while avoiding plastic and show how difficult that really is.

I give examples of what large retailers are doing to address the issue and put forward the case that if we, as consumers refuse to purchase products that are plastic wrapped then retailers will be forced to source alternatives.

I conclude by throwing down the challenge to my generation, to preserve wildlife and our sea creatures we must stop the use of plastic, now!

Thomas’s report can be accessed here

The message from Aimee Savage and Lucy Winton is:

Plastic is all around the world, especially in the oceans and we need to do something about it!

Aimee and Lucy’s presentation is available here

Last modified: March 14, 2019