Freezing out plastic

SEEING more than 70 people ‘freeze' while holding signs calling for an end to plastic bags in NSW was a bewildering experience for more than a few Bellingen visitors.

The ‘Freeze for a Plastic Bag' protest was the brainchild of a young activist, Zianna Fuad, adding impetus to Bellingen EYE's 18-month campaign to rid the shire of plastic bags.

“I was looking for passive protest ideas and saw 300 people ‘frozen' outside New York's Grand Central Station – I thought it was very humorous, so I took it to EYE,” Zianna said.

“Even with such short notice we got over 70 people to join us thanks to texts and Facebook – they were aged from five years to 65 and all so enthusiastic ... it was amazing.”

The signal to stop for five minutes was three honks of a car horn at the peak of morning trade on Saturday.

Bellingen EYE co-ordinator Lisa Siegel said the youth group already had 52 businesses and 800 signatures plus the support of Bellingen Shire Council.

“Now we are taking this statewide in the form of a people's petition,” Ms Siegel said.

“This was the launch of the next phase of the campaign, which includes collaborating with the Taronga Youth at the Zoo and Australian Youth Climate Coalition.”

To sign the petition, go to the website

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