Ruth Gripper is calling on the government to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution that is choking our seas and killing marine wildlife.
A horrifying 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year, something of which local charities and voluntary groups are only too aware.
As a peninsula Cornwall is on the frontline of the battle to clean up the waste and Ruth Gripper believes Government can and should do more.
That is why she is a calling on the Secretary of State for the Environment to:
- Commit to a Plastic-Free Charter to eradicate unnecessary plastic waste from Government Departments and set an example to businesses and consumers.
- Tackle our throw-away culture by providing incentives for reuse and recycling, including a plastic bottle return scheme and a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups.
- Encourage businesses to reduce plastic packaging and introduce plastic free aisles in supermarkets.
- Work closely with other countries to find global solutions to tackle the crisis of ocean pollution.
- Invest in research and development into non-plastic alternative materials which are cost effective and sustainable in the long-term.
Ruth says, “The Conservative government has totally failed to address the serious issues affecting our environment. As consumers we try to do our bit but we need the government to step up. Plastic is everywhere – it can be hard to avoid. That’s why we need the government to take a lead. And why the Lib Dems have created a petition asking them to do more.”
Sign the petition today
If you agree with Ruth that we need to put an end to plastic pollution sign her petition today.