Initially this blog was started to track my journey across the Pacific Ocean as I studied plastic pollution of the Western Garbage Patch. Since departing the expedition in June 2012 my life has changed dramatically as I've been working towards making The Bahamas a pollution aware and plastic "free" country.
I'm creating a movement and I invite you to follow along in my journey to raise awareness of plastic pollution in The Bahamas through research, education, outreach and policy change.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Plastic Team Visits Local Primary School to talk Trash
2013 my outreach partner and dear friend Tiffany Gray and I sat on the couch of
her apartment and devised an elaborate plan to deliver the message of plastic
pollution to 4th, 5th and 6th graders of the
North Eleuthera Primary School. Initially
we were in way over our heads as we planned to present a slideshow filled with
graphic photos of turtles, whales and birds affected by plastic pollution in
addition to some mind boggling facts. Once we arrived to the primary school we
discovered that there was no way we were going to touch these students in a positive
way by speaking at them and making them feel guilty for something they were unaware
of. We wanted to be able to talk, play and relate to them instead via a
we got into the classroom the magic happened instantly!! We enlightened the
students on the issues of plastic use by relating it back to their daily lives.
To our surprise the students were well aware of the effects plastic pollution
had on the marine environment. Within minutes we had the entire class on their
feet acting out the ocean gyres (circulating currents that trap marine debris)
and coming up with solutions to help tackle the issue. Before we left the
school we got invited to talk to the 2nd graders about pollution and
let me tell you the promise of this country resides in each and every one of
those students. They were so excited to learn all about marine pollution and
urged us to keep our beaches clean in an amazing turn of events. During our
visit we spoke to over sixty kids! It was such an amazing experience empowering
the younger generation of The Bahamas to make a change regarding their plastic
choices. After all they will be the ones responsible for cleaning up the mess
that our generation has created.