Penryn residents call on government to Save our Seas


Over 140 people at Penryn Town Fair backed the Liberal Democrats' petition to tackle plastic waste.

Local parliamentary candidate Ruth Gripper was at Penryn Town Fair with other Lib Dem members to talk to people about plastic pollution. 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year.

Over 140 people signed the petition which calls on the Government to eradicate unnecessary plastic waste from Government departments, introduce incentives for reuse and recycling, and encourage businesses to reduce plastic packaging.

Regardless of political affiliation, people were united in concerns about climate change, plastic overuse and sea pollution. Signatories included locals and visitors, the town mayor, Bathing Belles and a frog; sadly Titan the Robot was otherwise engaged.

Ruth, the candidate for the Truro & Falmouth constituency, said: "People here have been really supportive of the campaign. We all try to do our bit as individuals but it is time for the government to step up.

"In government the Liberal Democrats championed the 5p plastic bag charge which has reduced plastic bag use by 86%. We are calling on the Conservative government to take a lead in reducing plastic waste and tackling our throw-away culture."

The petition can be signed online at

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