'We're killing our planet' - children encouraged to pick up plastic during summer campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:49 10 July 2019

Sarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A Clevedon grandmother is urging schoolchildren to do their bit this summer to protect the planet.

Sarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONSarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sarah Lewis, aged 50, is visiting schools ahead of the summer holidays to urge youngsters to pick up five pieces of plastic from the beaches.

The idea was sparked when she took her grandchildren to the beach and they collected discarded waste from the seafront.

She said: "If 1,000 children pick up just five pieces of plastic just once, that is 5,000 pieces of plastic.

"If their mums, dads and siblings join in, that would be around 20,000 pieces of plastic.

Sarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONSarah Lewis on Clevedon beach with grandchildren Bella, Amelia and Toby. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

"Imagine how many pieces of plastic you could pick up if you did this more than once."

Sarah has organised for a raffle to be held at the end of the school summer holidays, to give people more of an incentive to back the campaign.

She is calling on anyone who has picked up the allotted five pieces of plastic to send in a picture of what they have collected to be entered.

Prizes include a swimming session with inflatables at Strode Leisure Centre, a £70 fly-fishing tutorial with Bristol Water and a treatment of choice from Acuharmony in Clevedon.

Sarah Lewis'  Just 5 plastic campaign, Clevedon beach.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONSarah Lewis' Just 5 plastic campaign, Clevedon beach. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Swimming tutor Sarah said: "I love the water and we are killing the planet by not taking proper care of it.

"Even my friends are doing it now when they go for a walk on the beach. You just need to get the message out there to get plastic out of our water system."

There has been strong support in Clevedon for environmental initiatives in the past month after the launch of Plastic Free Clevedon.

The campaign must take five steps to secure plastic-free status from the Surfers Against Sewage, including to lead several community clean ups and encourage businesses to get rid of three different single-use plastic items.

Sarah Lewis'  Just 5 plastic campaign, Clevedon beach.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONSarah Lewis' Just 5 plastic campaign, Clevedon beach. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sarah hopes her efforts, combined with the Plastic Free Clevedon group, will make the town a better place for people to live, visit and work.

Businesses which would like to support Sarah's Just Five campaign can contact her on its Facebook page.

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