Schoolchildren at Foxhole Academy, St Austell had this message today for world leaders attending the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay: ‘Dear G7, welcome to Cornwall, please clean our oceans’.
It was written on the sand using so-called ‘ghost nets’, discarded fishing gear retrieved from the sea adding thousands of tonnes of plastic to the marine environment each year, endangering sealife.
They were joined by Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ocean Conservation (pictured above between RYST chairman Dina Wheatcroft and Polkerris Beach director Susie Bailey).
The children were at Polkerris Beach to learn about marine conservation and take part in water-based activities organised by the Trust.
Head Teacher Matthew Oakley said: “With climate change and the environment being an important focus of this weekend’s summit, we wanted a practical way to engage the children’s interest in the issues affecting their world, right here in Cornwall.”
Dina Wheatcroft said: “A huge thank you to Steve and Anne Double for their support today, especially important in view of Steve’s role as a national champion for ocean conservation.”
Steve Double said: “It was a wonderful morning and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I managed to get into the sea with the children and Anne did some beach art. It was also good to learn of the work of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust and we now follow you on Facebook. We also appreciated the opportunity of seeing what Suzy and the team at the Watersport Centre is seeking to achieve and the amount of children that they see is incredible. A fantastic facility. So often we may see a few things taking place at the beach but it isn’t until you actually get involved and speak to people when you realize what it is they are actually doing, and it is to be admired.”