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“Not in our landfill” Penticton Secondary students’ message about single-use plastics

The fight for climate change is one the youth of today are championing alongside seniors
From left to right, Erin Campbell, Ellia Schutz, Eva Michell, Meredith Allen and Sophie Robinson kneel behind their message against single-use plastics outside of Penticton Secondary School on April 26. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Students at Penticton Secondary School joined in the second PLANET EARTH project in the protest of single-use plastics and climate change on Wednesday, April 26.

The students, along with Donna Schellenberg, took 6,000 used and cleaned yogurt pods to make their message.

The repurposed yogurt pods were lined up on the grass in front of the school, spelling out the motto of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as well as the message targeted straight at the single-use plastics: “Not in our landfill.”

READ MORE: Letter: Seniors, students team up to save the planet one single-use plastic at a time

In addition, other students were busy painting messages about climate change onto rocks for another display.

The yogurt pods will be set up outside the Holy Cross school on April 27 as well.

Before Earth Day, Schellengberg started thinking about how she can help the planet and focused in on all the single use plastics at her home at Athens Creek in Penticton. With help from other residents, they collected the 6,000 cups.

She also noted the items that can be made out of plastics like park benches, some of which appear in Penticton.

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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