Engagement @ Dunman high school
About 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea every year and at this rate we face a future with more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050!
We are turning our beautiful ocean into a plastic soup.
Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement is condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even leading to chemical contamination of the seafood we consume. The vast swirls of plastic rubbish visible on the sea surface horrifying as they are, represent just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath are masses of microbeads and broken down particles of plastic that are easily ingested by sea creatures, and impossible to remove.
The urgent needed solution calls for a combination of enhanced awareness, reduced single use plastic usage, and massively improved waste management. The most effective way to have less plastic in the ocean is to use less plastic in the first place!
Students from Dunman High School had similar visions as they were equally eager to participate in this process of reviving the earth. The students approached us with enthusiasm and motivation to acquire of plastic free- friendly habits they would follow in their regular lifestyles. This initiative by the students to educate themselves was gratifying and we hope that students will be able to influence their loved ones and friends to follow suit.
We only have one Earth, with limited resources and limited space. Given the amount of plastic waste we generate and how long it stays around without perishing, it's easy to see why environmentally-minded citizens are important to reduce our plastic waste as much as possible.