Plastics in the sea are causing a huge problem, all around the world. Sky News and Blue Planet 2 have raised concerns so that all people in the UK should be well aware of the dangers facing marine life and ultimately the world human population.
Tiki the penguin tells the story of plastics in the sea for primary aged children and suggests some ways that children can help fix the situation.
Natracare created a video (below) about plastics in the oceans for Earth Day in 2011; it is ideal to introduce the topic and for classroom discussion:
“Earth day: Plastic is everywhere, it’s forever, and it is choking up our planet & the animals who live here. Our everyday shopping habits can have a huge impact on the pollution of our environment & so let’s read labels & buy carefully so we can make positive steps towards a healthier planet.”(Natracare)
WDC Kidzone has a page about plastics in the sea and, once again, shows ways in which children can help. “It is estimated that there are 13,000 pieces of plastic litter per square kilometre of the world’s oceans. And perhaps the most worrying fact of all is that in the longer term, these plastics can break down into tiny particles which are eaten by smaller species and passed up the food chain. So if a shellfish eats some plastic fragments, and a tuna eats the shrimp, we could well be eating the waste plastic we thought we had got rid of!” (WDC Kidzone)
BBC Newsround also have a page and a video clip dedicated to the issue.
I am sure there will be more resources developed and shared during the coming year, in light of the recent screening of Blue Planet 2 – it has certainly raised the issue very clearly.