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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.
From slam poet Solli Raphael to gender equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo, soccer star Sam Kerr and youth worker Zack Bryers, this is a book about young people, for everyone. Through activism, innovation, giving back and leading by example, these game changers are building a brighter tomorrow. Brought to life by colourful illustrations from local artists, this book showcases emerging Aussie talent and encourages readers to create positive social change. All royalties from sales of this book go to The Smith Family.
I Quit Plastics is an inspiring and practical guide to reducing your use of plastics, packed with information, 'how-to's and tips to help you cook, clean, shop, wear and live plastic-free. Kate shows how to reduce your waste and live more simply and sustainably, no matter where you're starting from. With over 60 recipes covering nutrition, bodycare, hygiene and cleaning Kate Nelson provides the tools you need to make small personal changes that have lasting global impact. "I'm so excited that a book like this one has finally landed on our shelves! Since reading this amazing piece of writing, I've discovered many new ways to minimise my carbon footprint. The Plastic Free Mermaid is educating all of us on alternative ways to live that favour our health, happiness, land & oceans. I can't recommend this book highly enough." - Elyse Knowles, author of From Me to You- Living Life with Positivity, Passion and Purpose.
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.
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.
Until I watched A Plastic Ocean, I didn’t know anything about plastic pollution. What I saw really shocked me – I couldn’t understand why more people weren’t doing something about this. So I decided if they weren’t, I would,” says Molly.
While all sorts of plastics clog up our oceans and waterways, it was disposable straws that Molly found most concerning. Over 500 million straws are used every day, with many ending up drifting in the ocean and causing serious harm or even death to native wildlife.
MOLLY STEER: I’m just a typical kid. I have three siblings. I love animals and I love swimming. I live in Cairns and am very fortunate to spend a lot of time exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Being in the water and surrounded by such beauty makes me happy. And like most kids, I’m interested in my world around me. A lot of adults think that kids don’t know very much, but if they took the time to listen, they would see that we do.
The idea for StrawNoMore came after watching the movie 'A Plastic Ocean'. What was it about that movie that made you want to make a change?
MS: The movie was pretty graphic. There were scenes with baby birds getting cut open to reveal hundreds of bits of plastic in its gut. And images of huge patches of plastic in the middle of the ocean and along remote and isolated beaches. It made me really sad. So I realised I needed to do something to help. On our drive home from the movie that night, I was talking to mum and telling her how I wanted to help somehow. Mum told me that the best way to start anything is to start small. Straws were the smallest plastic thing I could think of. I learned later that mum didn’t mean small things, she meant start the campaign small. But whatever, I went with straws and that has worked out pretty well!
Thank you to ABC North Queensland for welcoming Emily and me into the studio this morning. We had a blast.
Join Emily at the Townsville Eco Fiesta on Sunday 26 May to make the pledge and learn about how you too can become a #Strawbassador
We’ve now had over 1600 schools take the Straw No More pledge, along with 1200 businesses. Combined, this totals about 900 thousand people who are engaging in this campaign to reduce their single use plastics consumption.
The year started with a meeting with Prime Minister ScoMo in January where he said (on video!) that he supports Straw No More being introduced to the Federal Parliament. ScoMo got a nice T-shirt for his efforts!
Meet 10-year-old Molly. She's determined to do something about plastic pollution and started a campaign to rid the country - if not the planet - of plastic straws. And people are really listening. Broadcast: Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:00am
UPDATE - on 19/07/2018, McDonalds Australia announced it would remove plastic straws from its 970 Australian restaurants by 2020. But I think that is too long to wait.
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