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Small win in war on plastic

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June 05, 2018

GV Environmental Group president John Pettigrew is pleased with the steps taken towards reducing plastic consumption this World Environment Day.

Environmental activist John Pettigrew believes Shepparton is making good progress toward reducing its plastics consumption this World Environment Day.

The Goulburn Valley Environment Group president said supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths were leading the charge locally.

With the theme of today’s World Environment Day ‘‘Beat Plastic Pollution’’, the push to reduce plastic consumption is highlighted across the globe.

‘‘We’re certainly making progress within industry,’’ Mr Pettigrew said.

He said plastic pollution was one of the easiest environmental issues to address, with simply modifying behaviours the solution to change.

‘‘There’s still a lot of work to do,’’ Mr Pettigrew said when it came to other issues facing the environment.

The United Nations’ World Environment Day invites people to consider how they can make changes in their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on natural places, wildlife — and their own health.

Mr Pettigrew said the GV Environment Group was also continuing to work on a number of projects including maintaining and improving the health of the Lower Goulburn and Barmah national parks.

The group has also pushed for more balance when it comes to local waterways and streams under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

For more information on World Environment Day, visit http:// worldenvironmentday.global/

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