Today I met up with the Greener Upon Thames folks in London, donned a coat of plastic bags, and chatted to Mike Dilger on camera for the BBC Inside Out programme. The combination of TV cameras and coat of garbage attracted a number of curious glances from passersby on Westminster Bridge, but that was exactly what we wanted, and we were able to bag (so to speak) a few more signatures for our petition (and yes, that IS a hint for you to sign it too!).
We then headed over to City Hall to hand over an early Christmas “gift” for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. Courtesy of our friends at the 5 Gyres Institute, we presented his representative with a sample of plastic from the North Atlantic Gyre, where we fear many of the Olympic bags could end up if they are not banned.
Thanks to Greener for mobilising the forces to make this happen at such short notice – and especially to Anna for filming the occasion for the Greener archives, and Stefania for her magnificent effort in staying up until 4am last night sewing bags onto an old coat. Let’s hope that the results will justify the hard work.