Flossie Donnelly

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Flossie Donnelly (born 2007) is an Irish marine environmentalist. She is a secondary school student. She was the first person to bring seabins to Ireland. She was securing funds for two of the devices which remove plastic trash from bodies of water. Recently, she appears on the RTE News to promote her work.

Early life and career[change | change source]

Donnelly grew up in Sandy-cove, Co Dublin. Her activism first began on a family trip to Thailand. It was when she was eight years old. During her holiday, she was shocked to the high rate of plastic pollution. She saw on the beaches she visited. She spent a many times on that trip collecting garbage from the sea. She was bringing it back to the hotel her family were staying at. On her return to Ireland, she noticed more and more garbages being washed up on local beaches. She felt a need to share her desire around protecting marine life. She wanted to educate others about plastic pollution. She was mentioned several times in many press media for her environmental conservation work. It was since then, she has been known as "Ireland's Greta Thunberg".[1][2][3][4]

Education[change | change source]

Donnelly is a secondary school student in Booterstown, Co Dublin. She has previously studied in two primary schools in Brussels and a French school in Dublin.

Donnelly is dyslexic.[5]

Activism[change | change source]

Donnelly regularly works for climate strikes either outside her school or the Dáil. She organizes beach cleanups in Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove. It was along the local South Dublin coastline. She started an environmental charity and action group called "Flossie & the Beach Cleaners". It was when she was eleven. With that, she raised awareness about plastic pollution and its result for oceans and marine life.[6] She raised €4,000 for two seabins into Ireland. The devices can remove up to 83,000 plastic bags or 20,000 plastic bottles from the sea in a year.[7] On World Oceans Day, during June 2018, she led Ireland's only March for the Ocean event in Dún Laoghaire.[8] She spoke at a TEDx Dún Laoghaire event in October 2018.[9] In October 2019, RTÉjr announced that they would follow Donnelly's journey to the Citarum River in Indonesia. It is one of the world's dirtiest 'plastic' rivers, in a two-part documentary series. The documentary movie is named My Story: The Beach Cleaner.[10] This was one of her many public engagements with schools and the youth in Ireland. It was on the solutions to plastic pollution.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. Neill, Bronwyn O. (2019-11-11). "Meet the Irish girl saving the world, one beach at a time". EVOKE.ie. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  2. "Flossie Donnelly to feature in new RTE documentary". Wasted.ie. 2019-11-03. Archived from the original on 2020-11-26. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  3. "Flossie Donnelly: The Irish 12-Year-Old Is Doing More For The Planet Than You". Irish Tatler. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  4. O’Doherty, Cara. "Meet Flossie, the Gaelic Greta Thunberg". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  5. "School Daze: 'I am passionate about marine life' says Flossie Donnelly". Irish Examiner. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  6. "FLOSSIE & THE BEACH CLEANERS | Home". Flossie & The Beach Cleaners. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  7. O'Callaghan, Gavin (2018-05-24). "Ireland gets its first sea bins after sea-loving 11-year-old raises thousands". DublinLive. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  8. Ryan, Rebecca. "Young environmental activist Flossie Donnelly Plastic Free Irish Sea March for the Ocean in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland". Dublin Gazette Newspapers - Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  9. "TEDx Program". Retrieved 2020-11-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "RTÉ increases focus on the climate crisis with dedicated RTÉ On Climate content – About RTÉ". about.rte.ie. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  11. Thompson, Sylvia. "Irish grassroots activists leading the climate change uprising". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-11-14.