Young environmentalist to keep Cottesloe’s coast clean

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Year 6 student and Nedlands resident Eliza Wood (12) aims to reduce rubbish pollution along the coast line Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d494464
d494464a Year 6 student and Nedlands resident Eliza Wood (12) aims to reduce rubbish pollution along the coast line Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d494464

YOUNG environmentalist Eliza Wood wants local businesses, cafes and beach goers to reduce their use of plastic to keep Cottesloe’s coastline clean.

The 12-year-old Freshwater Bay Primary student was instrumental in launching the state’s first Take3fortheSea initiative.

The initiative, born on the east coast, asks local beachgoers to pick up three pieces of rubbish off the beach before they leave.

“At school, we were learning about the environment and how plastic pollution harms it,” she said.

“I told my mum some facts about plastics, which she then researched and we found the Take3fortheSea initiative.

“We decided to introduce it to the North Cottesloe SLSC and they jumped on board in late 2018.”

Eliza approached the Town with a proposal for a grant so she can extend the Take3fortheSea initiative and get Cottesloe locals to reduce, reuse and recycle waste through hosting initiatives like environmental movie screenings.

“It’s all about getting people to change their behaviour,” her mum Sonja Belle-Wood said.

“A lot of the cigarette butts get washed down the storm water drains which empty here on the beach.

“Food and beverage packaging and straws are some of the waste items we find, generally originating from within 1km of the beach – so we aim to be working with local cafes and restaurants to look at reducing the source of the problem, and maybe we can get all Cottesloe cafes to go straw-less”.

A Town of Cottesloe spokeswoman said she was impressed to have a young person passionate about the initiative and cleaning up local beaches.

“Looking after our environment is a key concern for the Town and forms part of the Town’s Strategic Community Plan 2013 – 2023,” she said.

Eliza will find out whether her grant proposal was successful on July 23 at a Town of Cottesloe council meeting.