I have always been aware of plastic pollution, but whilst on my year in industry for university in South West Scotland I truly began to realise the severity of litter on beaches. Some of the most beautiful beaches I have seen, full of wildlife, were covered in plastic. Whilst in S.W. Scotland, I set up a community beach cleaning group with some friends called D&G Eco Warriors. We arranged monthly cleans on some of the counties most polluted beaches.
I have also experienced plastic pollution in Leeds whilst at university. I gave some talks to local schools to raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution in cities. Now back in the countryside I want to continue raising awareness as I think plastic pollution is mostly associated with the beach, but obviously it occurs everywhere! I am passionate about educating the public, especially children and young people, about how to be more environmentally friendly and that is my main aim whilst being a SAS rep. I also want to arrange litter picking events in the countryside and local towns/villages