There is a wealth of information about the problem of ocean plastics and many charities and organisations dedicated to raising awareness and helping teach children. Please have a look at the following links for more information about how to make your school Plastic Free and also some excellent teaching resources on more specific issues such as balloon releases, ghost nets, whales etc as well as advice on carrying out your own beach clean or litter pick.

 

Surfers Against Sewage

https://www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-schools/ – Nationally recognised charity Plastic Free Schools Campaign working to reduce the use of single use plastic in schools

 

Keep Britain Tidy – Eco-Schools

https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/ Internationally recognised Eco-Schools Awards – help your school achieve eco-school status

 

Orca

https://www.orcaweb.org.uk/schools UK based whale charity – learn about all things whale related

 

Marine Conservation Society UK

https://www.mcsuk.org/coolseas/ National charity providing free workshops and assemblies. Lots of information about ocean environments

Kids Against Plastic

http://www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk/learn/ UK based child centred movement run by children against single use plastic. Fantastic resources covering many areas

 

#2MinuteBeachClean

http://beachclean.net/ UK Non-Profit which has made litter picking cool. Order your litter picking gear here and help support a grass roots approach to the problem

 

Clean Cornwall

http://www.cleancornwall.org/holdtight.php An initiative to teach children about the problems of balloon releases – a great resource pack and advice on how to organise your own litter pick

 

Fathoms Free

https://fathomsfree.org/ Cornish charity diving for underwater nets and recycling the nets into kayaks. Amazing examples of using litter as art which will inspire children

 

Ghost Fishing UK

http://www.ghostfishing.org/uk/ UK charity fishing for nets and sending them to be recycled into swimming costumes, carpets, clothes etc. Any nets that are found please report to them for collection