Eastleigh’s local MP, Mims Davies, popped in to Berrywood Primary School in Hedge End to thank students for their hand written letters to her asking about the Government’s commitment to the environment.
Further to a discussion in the classroom, the Berrywood Primary students – aged 10 – chose to write to their local MP about why they felt reducing plastics in their community was key to improving the environment locally as well as around the world.
During her visit, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies spoke to students about her role as their local MP, her work within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and why improving the worlds environment is so important.
Commenting afterwards, Mims said:
“It was so lovely to receive these letters from students at Berrywood. Each letter individually highlighted how passionate our young people are about reducing plastic in our communities and improving and protecting the environment around us.
“This school is full of ‘Green Heroes’ committed to making the school better with a forest school, wildlife meadow and full to the brim green houses. It was a really inspiringly green focussed school which provides a lesson to us all.
“That is why I am so excited to be right at the centre of the Government’s vital work to introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers, a ban on the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds as well on the ban on Microbeads which was introduced earlier this month.
“While these policies will bring about changes both nationally and internationally, I have always maintained how important it will be for us locally too, which is why it was great to highlight to students the excellent work carried out locally by the Surfers Against Sewage team, who I have joined at Hamble beach and seen first-hand some of the items that wash up on our shore.”
As well as reducing the plastics and improving the oceans and waterways, the Government has also committed to planting 11 million more trees, while the National Pollinator Strategy will improve our understanding of the abundance, diversity and role of pollinators, and identify any additional actions needed to protect them.