Over summer Year 13 pupil Mia has been writing an article for the Lincolnshire Echo on plastic pollution and how we can all help to reduce the effects of it. She has been looking at scientific solutions to the problem using biotechnology, working with a pHD student from Warwick University.
For years Mia has volunteered for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust; fundraising for them, participating in conservation work and beach cleans. This summer though she ventured further afield; using the school Tanzania trip as an opportunity to talk to African locals on their education regarding sustainability, their plastic use and government legislation. She also volunteered with the NGO ARCHELON for a week in Zakynthos, an island that is a well known nesting site for loggerhead sea turtles. She saw the effects of plastic pollution on turtles first hand, helping in the rescue centre and collating evidence for her Extended Project Qualification and her report for the Lincolnshire Echo.
In school Mia has set up a thriving Eco-Committee and has already organised for school plastic cups to be recycled, she urges pupils, staff and parents to think about the plastic they use and how they dispose of it.
Mia hopes to pursue her passion for sustainability at university, where she can continue her research into using microbial engineering to stop plastic pollution- something that will hopefully be implemented in the near future.