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Join the fight against plastic pollution

Posted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 8 March 2018 | Comments

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Most people were appalled by the shocking scenes of how plastic is polluting our seas, choking the lives out of our aquatic wildlife, recently shown on Blue Planet II.

Now is your chance to join the dedicated band of public-spirited people who are taking positive action to fight against the scourge of plastic in our society.

Suffolk Coastal District Council will be hosting a special event, entitled ‘Plastics know your place in the community’, at its offices in East Suffolk House, Melton (IP12 1RT), from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, 28 March.

The event is being staged by the Greenprint Forum – which has designated 2018 as its year of #plasticaction.

Andrew Cassy, Chairman of the Greenprint Forum, explained:

“Our vision is for the people of east Suffolk to work together to improve our quality of life and living standards, while reducing our environmental impact.

We have a wide range of complimentary environmental goals but have decided to focus on taken action on plastic this year, because there is a significant and widely recognised need to act now both here in east Suffolk and across the world.

Taking action on plastic now is one small but important step in a long improvement journey. Our aim is to work to ensure the use of plastics is tightly controlled and everyone takes responsibility to reduce the impact of their activities on the natural environment".

The Greenprint Forum is a voluntary network facilitated by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils to help deliver their business plan specifically enabling community environmental action to improve lives and strengthen our economy.

Cllr Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for the Green Environment, said

“Many people will have been inspired to take action by Blue Planet II and other recent publicity, highlighting the damage we are doing to the planet by letting plastic escape into nature.

This event gives local people more information about the situation in this area, as well as giving them the opportunity to be inspired by the personal stories and experiences of others”.

This event supports two of Suffolk Coastal’s aims in its Business Plan - ‘Protecting, enhancing and making sustainable use of our environment’; and, ‘a diverse mix of resilient and supportive communities that value their rural and coastal heritage; which feel engaged, valued and empowered; and where people’s needs are met and where they can make a difference to their community.’

The ‘Plastics know your place in the community’ event is open to all – but booking is essential.

Please book online or call 01394 444747.

More information on the Greenprint Forum and its forthcoming events.

The event is being organised by Suffolk Coastal District Council and primarily sponsored by the East Suffolk Partnership, with the University of Suffolk contributing as part of their Sustainable Community outreach programme.  There will be an opportunity to buy artwork, tea, litter pick sticks and other relevant goodies. Food will be provided.