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The Power of One Child

Anyone and everyone can make a difference, as this story of 11 year old girl clearly demonstrates.

Greta Thunberg may be the world's most famous child eco-warrior, but maybe Skye Neville is the next - and, hopefully, one of a great many more.

Skye loves reading comic books, but the 11 year old frowns when she shows a photo of one of her favourites from her village shop in Wales. “Look!” she urges. “This magazine came double wrapped in plastic and had free plastic toys. To send out plastic junk in this time and age is inexcusable.”

So, she decided to do something about it, and she wrote a letter to the publisher. “I laid out various options, for instance, covering the magazine in a layer made from potato starch.” When the publisher tried to brush her off with the response that kids love free plastic toys, she started an online petition that successfully collected more than 65,000 signatures.

Waitrose, one of the U.K.’s largest supermarket chains, stopped carrying the magazine as a result. Even the Welsh parliament took up her request and is now considering a ban on plastic wrappings and gifts. “Of course, I could simply unsubscribe from the magazine,” Neville acknowledges, “but I love to read. I just don’t want to receive all this unwanted plastic.”

If you think your children would be interested in this story, please share this with them; and they may also like to take a look at KidsAgainstPlastic


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