Young cham­pion for en­vi­ron­ment

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

YOUNG waste war­rior Char­lotte Camp (8) al­ready has politi­cians lis­ten­ing.

The Year 3 Edge­wa­ter Pri­mary School stu­dent re­cently ap­proached Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton with a let­ter, com­plete with il­lus­tra­tions, ad­dressed to the Govern­ment.

“Just for a sug­ges­tion, what if you banned plas­tic bot­tles but made sure that ev­ery­one has a re­us­able bot­tle so peo­ple have some­thing to drink out of?” she wrote.

“This would stop a lit­tle bit of plas­tic pol­lu­tion.”

Ms Hamil­ton in­vited Char­lotte and her fam­ily to visit Par­lia­ment House and speak to the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for the en­vi­ron­ment, Reece Whitby.

They talked about the con­tainer de­posit scheme sched­uled to start in 2020, which will give West Aus­tralians 10c for the re­turn of plas­tic bot­tles.

Char­lotte said she was ex­cited by the scheme, would en­cour­age oth­ers to em­brace it and was look­ing for­ward to spend­ing the money she re­ceived from re­cy­cling con­tain­ers at the school can­teen.

“I be­lieve that get­ting rid of plas­tic bot­tles is the right thing to do,” the keen en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist said.

Mr Whitby pre­sented Char­lotte with an en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pion cer­tifi­cate on be­half of En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the En­vi­ron­ment Reece Whitby, Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton and Char­lotte, Me­gan and Ja­son Camp.

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