Turning the Tide on our Plastic Oceans

A Devon conservation charity has launched new school workshops to help fight the war on marine waste.

Staff at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have developed the education workshops, called Plastic Oceans, for Key Stage 3 secondary pupils. Steve Nash is Group Education Manager for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo:

“We wanted something that was relevant to the curriculum, involved current world issues and highlighted the great work that we do at Living Coasts with regards to advocacy and inspiring change.

“Conservation is so much more than animals – it’s about people and the choices we make. We wanted interactive sessions that used real, local examples and tied in with “Let’s Turn The Tide”, our new plastic art installation, to deliver one of our key advocacy points.”

The new sessions include plenty of information about the science behind the problem and, importantly, some potential solutions. Combined with practical activities, the aim is to give students an engaging introduction to the issue of marine plastics.

Steve: “Scientists recognize that plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to marine life and the functioning of marine ecosystems. We want groups to see the problem first hand and to understand that they can make a difference and be part of the solution. We want to empower children to take action and drive change.

“Living Coasts has been organizing and helping with local beach cleans for many years, but this is the first time we’ve been able to offer such learning activities whatever the weather, and however high the tide!” For more information go to www.livingcoasts.org.uk or ring 01803 202470.

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