Two weeks ago the Year 7 humanities classes went to Flamingo Beach to carry out fieldwork on the ocean processes and the impact that human activities have on the ocean. They carried out tests to establish whether longshore drift was taking place and also to analyse the type of material found on the beach. They followed this by carrying out a beach clean up and collecting 22 large bags of garbage which was mainly plastic, cans and glass.
Despite this tremendous effort by the students, some of the teachers returned to the same spot the next day to find more plastic. The students have been asking some difficult questions about this issue such as:
- If we know that plastic is so bad, why are we not doing anything about it?
- How did it get here and where will it go?
- What’s the point?
- How can we change this?
For 11 and 12 year olds this can seem like a daunting proposition but students have already been taking action and considering action that they and their families can take. Below are some links to learn more about the impact of plastics and how we can reduce our consumption of them.
Watch “A Plastic Ocean”