11 year old leads the way for plastic free Irish sea

by Rebecca Ryan
Flossie Donnelly from Sandycove led a crowd Dun Laoghaire last Saturday to call for a “Plastic Free Irish Sea”

An 11-year-old beach clean activist is making waves in her efforts to make our oceans plastic free.

Flossie Donnelly from Sandycove led a crowd of several hundred enthusiasts through the streets of Dun Laoghaire last Saturday to call for a “Plastic Free Irish Sea”.

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Flossie’s ‘March for the Oceans’ was one of dozens of events to take place around the globe in recognition of World Ocean Day.

Joining the marchers were An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tom Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett T.D., Cllr Cormac Devlin and Cllr Mary Fayne, who took up Flossie’s call for a ‘Plastic Free Irish Sea.’

After the march Flossie thanked everyone for joining her and said: “We can make a big difference to the health of our oceans by making a few small changes.

“Use reusable coffee cups and drinks bottles and refuse plastic straws. We should also ask our politicians to do more to reduce plastic packaging.”

Speaking at the march, Dean Eaton, Acting Environmental Awareness Officer for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said: “We are delighted to support Flossie in her quest to save our oceans and would encourage everyone to reduce their reliance on plastic.”

In recognition of World Ocean Day legendary broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough issued a statement via the BBC: “The presence of the ocean touches every living thing no matter where it lives.

“We all need a healthy ocean, so we must change our ways. The oceans’ power of regeneration is remarkable if we just offer it the chance. It’s not too late,” added Attenborough.

Flossie organises regular beach clean-ups near her home in Sandycove. She recently raised €3,000 which saw Ireland’s first seabin installed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

For the last year she has campaigned and fundraised for the sea bin. She had a table quiz, a Go Fund Me account and a disco to raise money for the cause. The company that supplied the bin was so impressed with the 11-year-old, that they sent her a second bin for free.

On her blog, the excited activist wrote “Guess what, the sea bins are here they are in the harbour working really well and collecting loads of rubbish!!!! Woah woah woah.””

You can follow Flossie’s blog and the tremendous work she is doing on www.flossieandthebeachcleaners.com

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