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Moving towards a plastic-free South Lakes - Farron joins film director for panel discussion

July 16, 2017 2:44 PM
Originally published by Tim Farron

Jo RuxtonCumbria MP Tim Farron yesterday evening took part in a discussion panel on environmental issues following the screening of the documentary film 'A Plastic Ocean', which highlights the growing problem of plastic waste in the oceans.

The event, held at the Brewery Arts Centre, saw hundreds of local residents watch a screening of the film which documents the shocking consequences of plastic pollution and its impact on the environment, ecosystems and human health.

This was then followed by a panel discussion focussing on practical ways to tackle this problem and move towards becoming plastic free. Tim was joined on the panel by the film's producer, Jo Ruxton, as well as representatives from the local Green and Labour parties.

Tim said: "Over recent years, the Lib Dem-run District Council has taken important steps forward in rolling out kerbside recycling across the district and increasing our recycling rates.

"However, this captivating film highlights how severe the problem of plastic pollution is. We are not only polluting our ocean at an alarming rate, we are also as a consequence destroying fragile ecosystems and species and even affecting human health.

"It is clear that we need not only to continue to promote recycling, but also to look at practical ways we can reduce our overall plastic consumption, so that we can move towards a plastic-free South Lakeland.

"I'd like to thank all those who helped to organise this interesting and informative event."

Tim with Jo Ruxton, the film's producer