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7iC - Digital Heroes: Molly Steer

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MOLLY STEER, 11, thinks that straws suck. When Molly realized that the world was using too much plastic she took action, focusing in on single-use straws. Molly's passion project 'Straw No More' has an worldwide impact that is impressive for anyone, let alone an 11yr old.

Straw No More has people of all ages giving up straws and single-use plastics to stand beside Molly, proving that it's not just her who thinks that straws suck. 

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In an historic decision, the Queensland Parliament has unanimously passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling...

In an historic decision, the Queensland Parliament has unanimously passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020 to ban certain single-use plastics from use.

From 1 September 2021, plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and bowls and expanded polystyrene cups and containers will be banned.

Major fast food and retail chains have already stopped or are about to stop supplying these items as part of the global push to reduce marine plastic pollution.

A 2019 IPSOS poll found that 69% of Australians supported a ban on single-use plastics. 94% of submissions about the new laws in QLD supported a ban.

The Queensland Government intends to add other plastic items such as coffee cups/lids, other plastic takeaway items and heavyweight plastic bags after further investigation.

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Nine year-old Molly saw the damage that disposable plastics do to the ocean, and knew she had to do something. With all the innocence of youth, she set about convincing schools to remove single use plastic straws from their tuckshops. Molly Steer is 9 years old and is in grade 4 at school in Cairns. When she isn't trying to remove plastics from the ocean she enjoys dancing, swimming and spending time with her family.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley was joined by Sandra Martinez from Nestle Oceania, Alexander Spring, Raphael Geminder, Chairman at Pact Group Holdings, Warren Entsch, Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Molly Steer, Scarlett Rosshandler, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Trevor Evans MP, McDonald’s Australia supply chain and sustainability director Kylie Freeland in the Mural Hall at Parliament House in Canberra.


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In the second episode Craig Reucassel dives underwater to discover the shocking amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans, which in turn becomes ingested by our marine life.

Warning: This programme includes footage of deceased sea birds that may cause distress for some viewers. Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent 'girt by sea' marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world-first study of the plastics around our coastline.

What happens to the plastic we throw away? A report on how our rubbish ends up in the ocean and the damage it causes. #4Corners