PLASTIC Free Winchester and The University of Winchester are working together to fight single use plastics usage in the district.

With funding from Hampshire County Council, they are aiming to work with every school in the Winchester district through a Plastic Free Schools Conference on October 16 2019.

Hannah Williams, chairman of Plastic Free Winchester, said: “We know that there are real issues with single use plastics and how they are damaging our planet, especially our oceans. Children want change and they need our guidance and support. This conference is about us working with them and enabling them to make real changes for life in their schools, homes and communities.”

Last month, the university pledged to eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastics by December 2020 and called on individuals, as well as the higher education sector, to take action on the climate crisis.

Prof Joy Carter, vice-chancellor, said: “I am hugely inspired by Greta Thunberg and the millions of schoolchildren all over the world who are protesting peacefully for change to combat the challenges we face as part of the climate emergency.

“As an institution recognised globally for our pioneering work in sustainability and social justice, we are committed to ensuring that our impact goes far beyond our own sustainability initiatives. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to share our own expertise and help support young people across Hampshire.”

With nearly 30 schools invited, and already a third having signed up to attend, it is vital that schools sign up so as not to miss their place. Each school can bring three students and a member of staff. This is a chance to make real change and for schools to be at the heart of it. Schools should contact if they'd like more details.