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Students promote awareness of plastic pollution

Bond University students will don outfits made of plastic bags and water bottles to promote awareness of plastic pollution at this Monday’s Life Changing Events screening of Connected at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.

Their presence at the event is to promote awareness of ‘Yeskandoo - to a life less plastic’ – a not-for-profit community organisation inspired by the 2010 documentary film ‘Bag It’.

The students, from an Organisational Behaviour class, became aware of the organisation’s campaign against plastic pollution through Bond University lecturer Dr Jacqueline Christensen, who co-founded To a Life Less Plastic Inc in April this year, with three other like-minded women.

“The students have really jumped on board with the campaign and are doing some fantastic work in helping to educate the community on the huge environmental problem of plastic pollution,” said Dr Christensen.

“They have already launched the Yeskandoo campaign on the Bond campus, which was very well received by the students, leading to a 100 percent increase in the organisation’s Facebook likes,” she said.

“Their goal is to make the Bond University campus completely plastic water bottle free, with single-use plastic water bottles being one of the greatest contributors to global plastic waste pollution.

“It’s something that Australian National University in Canberra has achieved, and a number of other Queensland universities are working towards.

“They’re also lending their marketing skills to the cause, conducting some market research on community awareness of the problem and people’s preparedness to change their consumption behaviours,” said Dr Christensen.

The group of ten Bond students will be taking their campaign off campus this Monday, November 12, when they attend Life Changing Events’ screening of Connected at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.

Dressed in costumes made of plastic and Yeskandoo t-shirts, they will be spreading the “Yeskandoo - to a life less plastic” message from 5.30pm until the movie starts at 6.30pm. 

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