A Donegal councillor is one of the driving forces behind a new national campaign for towns and local areas to become poster-free during the forthcoming elections.
Cllr. Seamus Maguire (below), who was recently co-opted onto Donegal Co. Council to replace John Campbell, is part of a joint campaign with David Weitbrecht of Zerowaste.ie to reduce the use of plastic.
They are calling for a national voluntary ban on plastic election posters.
As Cllr. Maguire points out, it is clear both the environment and the electorate do not want them.
“This May we're calling on all candidates to go poster free (plastic free) during the 2019 Local and European elections. We request candidates to abstain from the use of single use plastics. We encourage candidates to align their green agenda with their actions by going poster free (plastic free),” he stated.
"The issue for me is multi-faceted really, “ Cllr. Maguire explained. “I am a parent firstly; my children will be here long after me and hopefully their children too. If we continue on the trajectory we are on I would fear for their futures and the future of the environment they will live in! The scientific evidence for me is without question and for me it’s backed by the changes we can see all around us in our environment and in our weather. The sickening evidence we are seeing in marine life being chocked by our plastic pollution is something we cannot continue to ignore."
They have set-up a website called poster poster-free.ie
Hundreds of TDs, senators and councillors have been contacted and the campaign is now really beginning to take off.
The message from the campaign is: "Candidates and government, please respect the wishes of the environment and the electorate and go poster free.
In the 2014 local elections an estimated 600,000 posters were produced!
See next week’s Donegal Post and Letterkenny Post for more.
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