14 very excited pupils from Stanley Primary School in Teddington joined EcoTales and Stanleytross the plastic Albatross, Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, Greener Upon Thames, Break the Bag Habit coalition, Plastic Oceans and Global Ocean at Parliament on Wednesday 4th September.
We started the day with a rally outside the houses of Parliament where we proudly displayed Stanleytross.
The children gathered together to recite the poem ‘Dear Albatross’ which highlights the dangers of plastic pollution to marine life. We then walked to Downing Street where we presented a copy of the poem and a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Cameron read the poem and letter on the steps of No. 10. We asked him what the Government was doing to address the issues and asked him why England have not yet introduced a ban on single use plastic bags.
David Cameron replied “It has been very successful in Wales and we are looking again at the options here. You have come at the right time as we are just discussing it.”
We certainly made an impression on Mr Cameron who commented that he had walked past Stanleytross as he left the Commons. Thanks to everyone who came and joined us yesterday. It was a fantastic day.
Caroline Jones Photography
Stanleytross will be continuing his tour at the Thames Festival on the 14th and 15th September. More information can be found on the Events page. You can also find out how to get involved in our poetry and illustration challenge on the Entries page.