Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has called for a debate in Parliament on plastic pollution, following a recent meeting with pupils from Nantymoel Primary School who were deeply concerned about the escalating problem.
Alongside Ogmore AM, Huw Irranca-Davies, Chris met with a group of pupils at his constituency office in Pencoed on Friday, 5th July, who raised their recent efforts to tackle the problem locally. The pupils, who were led by Polly Davies, also called on Chris and Huw to do more to put pressure on government ministers to do more to tackle the problem.
In Parliament last Thursday, Chris asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Mel Stride MP, for a debate on the issue before the Parliamentary summer recess on how the government could accelerate the steps they are taking towards “getting rid of single-use plastics from society” for good.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I’m really pleased that this group of pupils came to visit myself and Huw to raise their very real concerns about this problem.
“While I realise this issue has risen up the political agenda in recent years, if you walk into your local supermarket you’ll see that buying single-use plastics is still unavoidable in most cases and this simply has to change.
“We need to finally put an end to the throw-away society we’ve become far too accustomed to and prevent our actions from choking our oceans and rivers any further than they already have.
“Earlier this year, Labour forced Parliament to become the first country in the world to declare an environment and climate emergency and tackling the scourge of plastic pollution must form a key part of addressing this wider crisis.”
The Leader of the House responded by suggesting Chris apply for an Adjournment Debate in Parliament to look into this issue further.