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Our Plastic Legacy - Beaconhurst School

Pupils from Beaconhurst School have launched a bid to tackle the build-up of plastic waste.

Youngsters from the school’s Plastics Focus Group are hosting a community event aimed at investigating and minimising the effects of the material – particularly one-use plastics - on 20th February.

All are welcome to attend the `Plastic Legacy’ initiative which takes place at the independent Bridge of Allan school’s Cameron Hall at 2.30pm on Tuesday February 20.The Plastics Focus Group is made up for 16 environmentally-conscious senior pupils who were inspired by naturalist David Attenborough’s recent Blue Planet series and the ongoing debate over the threat to ocean life from plastic.

Science teacher Dr Jo Fraser, who is the Senior School’s Eco Co-ordinator, said: “A lot of children were talking about the Blue Planet series and the fact that all the plastic ever made is still on our planet and will be for hundreds of years.

They are concerned about the effect of plastics on the environment and have been working in the Plastics Focus Group to come up with ideas to investigate those effects and minimise their impact. We organised the `Plastic Legacy’ event to raise awareness of the problem and gather like-minded people so we can work together to try and find solutions.”

Pupils hope the event will encourage people to change their behaviour and use less plastic. They also want to see it lead to the development of a community project, so the school can work in partnership with local people and businesses to fight the scourge of plastic pollution together.

The event includes presentations from pupils on the uses and attributes of plastics and the negative impact of one-use plastics.

It will be attended by representatives from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the University of Stirling while pupils from the Eco Committees of nearby schools as well as local business owners have been invited to come along. Following the presentations, there will be opportunities for networking with local business people as well as teachers and pupils with the aim of collaborating.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting is invited to come along to the Cameron Hall at Beaconhurst school at 2.30pm and the event will finish at 3:40pm.

Dr Fraser added: “We enjoy engaging with the local community and each year we chose our Global Goal through a survey of staff, pupils, parents and individuals surveyed in Bridge of Allan. This year our Global Goal is `Life on Land’ so this event links well to that as much of the litter we see is composed of one-use plastics.”

Beaconhurst Pupils are hosting this event as part of their participation in our Energy, Enterprise and Environment professional learning course.  Find out more about the course and register interest here.

From 20 February 2018 14:30 to 15:40

at Beaconhurst School

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