Listening Notes: Avoiding plastic during the pandemic; Stresses on young people in refugee and migrant families during Covid-19

Monday, 6 July 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
With thanks to Brian Yurasits for this image from the Unsplash website

Last year when Professor Jo Lindsay and her colleagues from Monash looked into Victorians’ attitudes to avoiding plastic, their findings were encouraging. The majority of people were already avoiding plastic use and intended to do better.  The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up challenges but Jo encourages us to maintain the momentum and discusses how we can do that.

 

Shane Cuckow is the spokesperson on plastics for Australian Marine Conservation Society. He spoke to 3CR Monday Breakfast last November when Queensland announced its intention to begin community consultations on banning single use plastics and what that would mean.

 

For young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia, Covid-19 has created additional responsibilities and pressures. Dr Jen Couch from the Australian Catholic University calls for better representation of refugee and migrant communities and young people in government decision making. Jen's also published an article in The Conversation on her longitudinal study of the expeiences of young refugees in Australia.