Sophia Skarparis is a 16 year old student with a passion for being involved in solutions to reduce and more importantly stop plastic pollution impacting on marine life for current and future generations.
At the age of 14, Sophia collected over12,000 hand written signatures to ban single use and heavy retail plastic bags in NSW. She presented the petition to the Premier and it was tabled in Parliament in October 2018. Whilst the motion to ban single use plastic bags was unsuccessful, Sophia’s campaign to reduce plastic waste in her own daily life, including school and sporting life continues, and in addition she has been instrumental in mobilising youth to act on climate change. All of her actions have had far reaching effects in spreading awareness about these important issues.