Awareness through education
Eco System Education For Youth
If we want to preserve the planet, oceans and natural world for the next generation, what better way could there be, than by engaging young people in sustainability?
By involving them, we are creating environmental ambassadors of the future. GreenSeas Trust often gives talks and workshops at schools. At the heart of our ethos is behavioural change. By inspiring awareness at an early age, strong environmental foundations are forged.
Get in touch if you would like a school visit from GreenSeas Trust.
Creating the next generation of plastic warriors
St Edmunds Catholic Primary School (above)
GreenSeas Trust was delighted to have the opportunity to run two primary school workshops, teaching children all about environmental issues caused by plastic and how they can create a more positive future. We visited Harbinger Primary School and St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School on the Isle of Dogs, running four workshops with children between the ages of 5 and 11 to educate the next generation of plastic warriors in the 3R's:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Harbinger Primary School (above)
Our workshops were carefully put together to provide relevant content, including:
An introduction to plastic pollution in the ocean. Especially since the schools are right on their doorstep in the River Thames.
A project called ‘trash to treasure’. Based on the theme of reusing, each child was asked to find a used plastic item from their home and make it into something new.
Each child also wrote a ‘promise card’ – one thing they promise to do to help tackle plastic pollution.
Cruise Ship Crews
GreenSeas Trust created a series of posters for cruise ship crews to respect the pristine environments their ship's sail into.
Seafarers, like many on land, don't necessarily understand the problem of marine plastics or, how livelihoods, fish stocks, coral propyls and ocean health are intertwined. Often, not realising the connection between own actions and the consequence this has on the oceans. Leaving a cigarette butt or a single piece of litter on a beach kissing the Atlantic Ocean has consequences on the other side of the world.
Since most crew members tend to come from coastal regions themselves and have diets that include fish, the trust focused their attention to the effects of the lifecycle of plastics and other rubbish on marine animals and the toxins they release as they breakdown. This led to a successful outcome with beaches and beauty spots being left intact and unspoiled by garbage.
GreenSeas Trust promoted the issues of marine garbage and its effect on the ecosystem accompanied by nautically themed music, which ranged from Handel's Water Music to the Jamaican Rumba.
The collaboration was between Bromley based charity, Everyone Matters which takes music making to people of all ages who cannot readily access it themselves and GreenSeas Trust. Parents, pupils and friends watched the slides synchronised with the music of the live orchestra which was made up of students and professionals to enhance the experience.