Waste Aware Week – Plastic In The Oceans
As part of Waste Aware Week, the KS5 Green Leaders created a lesson to be taught in Geography lessons for Years 7 to 9, which explained the serious problem of plastic waste in the ocean. Tutors at KS4 were also encouraged to discuss this issue with their forms as this is something very relevant particularly in the media and to our government which has resulted from the Blue Planet II documentary. We have also visited local primary schools to give assemblies to younger students and encourage them to look after our world more as they are the future.
Plastic waste in the oceans is one of the largest environmental issues which the world is currently facing, and if nothing is done could have disastrous impacts. Thousands of marine species are under threat due to plastic pollution, and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic waste in the ocean by volume than fish, with over 8 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year already – one rubbish truck of plastic a minute! It is therefore crucial that we make students aware of the causes, impacts and solutions.
Already, students have been inspired to look after their environment more, and as a school we are looking at ways of reducing our plastic use, such as encouraging the use of re-usable water bottles. We hope that by spreading the message students will do what they can to help – whether this involves reducing their consumption of single use plastic products, recycling more, or joining the campaign to help save the oceans. Unless there is action taken now, it may be too late to stop the devastating impacts of polluted oceans.
Helen Jenkins, 12.1—KS5 Green Leader