The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.
- break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
- are mostly down-cycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
- ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
- end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
- transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
- increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century, the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900’s!
More than 6 out of 10 of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people’s litter and avoiding buying bottled water.
Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:
- Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
- Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
- Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
- Recycling what cannot be avoided
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Ambassadors Become The Teachers!
On Wednesday May 24th ‘i sea, i care’ from Sandringham East and Cheltenham joined together. For the first half of the day, Ambassadors learnt about some of the wonderful life found in our bays including decorator crabs and Port Jackson sharks.
Along with this were activities such as ‘Find the dolphin’s food’ and ‘Beachcombing’. Taking notes was important for today’s session, as in the afternoon the Ambassadors would become the teachers! Everything learnt in the first half of today was to be taught again in the afternoon – however this time, our Bayside Ambassadors were to teach our level two students. Along with having an understanding of how to teach level twos about marine life and the effect of plastics on marine environments, our Ambassadors were also encouraged to use key presentation skills to deliver their lesson. Such skills included loud, clear voices, positive body language and eye contact.
After dividing activities between themselves and after many rehearsals, Ambassadors were ready to present their lesson all by themselves. Along with delivering content, the half hour lesson involved Ambassadors selecting level two students for answers, picking volunteers for certain tasks and working together as a team to run a fluid lesson within the tight time-frame. Well done to all the Ambassadors for showing leadership skills and working together to successfully educate other students about our precious marine life and the importance of reducing plastic waste!