Impassioned call for “Alternatives to Plastic”

Date: Friday 14th June 2019

THE May meeting of Penrith WI opened with Amy Bray, a 16-year-old student at Austin Friars School, Carlisle, giving an impassioned presentation on “Alternatives to Plastic”. Amy could not emphasise enough how another way was needed to combat the damage being caused to the environment by man.

With facts and figures at her fingertips, she stressed that the world’s resources were being used up faster than they could be replenished, sea levels were rising, rain forests were being cut down, both floods and droughts were occurring, causing environmental refugees. Plastic pollution was currently making the headlines.

Amy pointed out that as a society with a frenetic pace of life, too much waste was being produced and she outlined several small, practical steps which could contribute to a solution. Zero waste shops had opened which promoted these aims — in fact, Another Weigh was now established in Penrith. The audience was told about “Another Waynwright Day” at the end of August, when many activities will be taking place on fell tops to publicise this work.

President Jackie Bramwell, in her thanks, said what a thought-provoking and impressive talk this had been and Rosie Fielder reported on all the work in this area that Amy had done at school. Amy judged the competition for a bag in a natural material, resulting: 1 Sandra Littlefair, 2 Sue Beachell, 3 Wendy Walker.

The second part of the evening was devoted to business matters. Secretary Rosemary Oakley read the minutes of the previous meeting and Jackie highlighted certain items in County News. Sheila Hutchinson, ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) representative, thanked everyone who had supported the walk around Cockermouth. A total of £778 had been raised and it had been a most enjoyable day. Sue Beachell gave a report on the annual council meeting at the Richard Rose Academy, Carlisle, at which she had been a delegate.

The president asked members to consider the two resolutions to be put forward at the national annual meeting in Bournemouth, regarding declining rural bus services and the importance of cervical smear testing. Members were in favour of both. The monthly raffle was won by Yvonne Hodgson.