SAS Sessions – Plastic Free Communities

I manage the Plastic Free Communities movement at SAS, empowering people to take action on single-use plastic pollution. I believe that we absolutely have the power to bring about positive change, and love seeing it happen every day across the UK

“I was born and brought up in Penzance and my love for Cornwall stems from my love of the ocean; being in it, on it or near it. Having an upbringing in such a beautiful place sparked my desire to do what I can to protect the environment. I started off pretty young; my first campaign was putting up posters around school warning against aerosols containing CFCs.

But the ocean has my heart … and that’s how I ended up volunteering to lead SAS Beach Cleans, eventually joining as a Regional Rep in 2014 and then in 2017 leading Penzance to become the first place in the UK to get Plastic Free Communities status.

A couple of months later I joined the team at HQ to support the fast-growing movement and now work as Plastic Free Communities Project Manager, using my skills and experience to build effective grassroots community action across the UK.”

Rachel Yates

Go with your heart, believe in yourself and other people, immerse yourself in what you love and want to protect, set boundaries … and have fun! It will be tough at times … so as Banksy once said:”If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit” – advice

– Rachel Yate’s advice for those at the start of their Ocean Activism journey