Thousands of letters demand action on plastic

You’ve got mail: The students deliver their letters to 10 Downing Street, home of the UK’s Prime Minister.

Should plastic be banned? Six billion tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. This week, students are sending letters to the Government demanding an end to the pollution.

What’s happening

Around 1,600 school pupils have written letters to the UK’s Prime Minister. They are all about one subject: plastic.

The children are aged four to 16. They are inspired by the TV presenter David Attenborough, who is celebrating turning 93.

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“Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world,” says one student.

“This is not a national emergency. This is a global emergency,” says another.

Once plastic is in the ocean, it breaks down into tiny parts. Sea animals can be hurt if they accidentally eat it.

Despite the dangers, around 91% of plastic is not recycled.

The UK Government is already planning to ban plastic straws. Should it ban all plastic?

Some say…

Yes! Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down, but we still throw it away. It is hurting the planet. We must stop using it.

Others think…

This will not work. How many useful plastic things do you own? It is probably a lot! We should get better at recycling instead.

You Decide

  1. Could you live without plastic?


  1. Keep a record of all the times you use plastic objects in a single day. This could include toys, pencil cases, or food packaging. The next day, share your list with your classmates. Are there any plastic things you could stop using?

Some People Say...

“If we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves.”

David Attenborough

What do you think?

Word Watch

Prime Minister
The leader of the country.
To inspire someone is to encourage them to do something.
Harmful substances in the environment.
A sudden, dangerous situation which needs action.
Turned into something else.


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