World Environment Day blog 2018
On the 5th June, we took part in World Environment Day. This year’s theme, Beat Plastic Pollution, focused on the global issue of plastic litter and invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce plastic pollution. Whilst plastic can have many uses, single-use plastic is only used once before being thrown away and is having a severely negative impact on the natural world. Nearly one-third of the plastic packaging we use ends up polluting our environment.
World Environment Day is celebrated on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nation's vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.
At Stanton Bridge Primary School we decided that every year group would research the impact of plastic pollution and write either a letter or persuasive argument addressing the key factors that could make a difference to the world. Here are some examples of our work:
We spent three days learning all about plastic pollution. First, we looked at some pictures and discussed what effects plastic pollution would have on marine life. We felt very sad to learn that plastic pollution can hurt animals and creatures living in the sea/ocean. So, we decided to learn about how to look after our planet.
Next, we read the story called “Charlie and Lola: Look after your planet”. This story was all about how we can look after our environment by recycling rubbish. It made us feel better that we all can do something about this huge problem.
Last, we created posters to make people aware of plastic pollution. Through our posters, we have tried to show people what might happen if we ignored this environmental problem.
The reception children have loved learning about plastic pollution and the issues it raises with regards to our oceans. We spent a few days discussing this topic in the end as the children were so engaged!
We researched what plastics were used for, looking at our everyday items and finding out what materials they were; plastic, wood, cardboard. We looked at how this plastic pollution affected the sea animals and the consequences of polluting our seas and not recycling. We then played games sorting non plastics and plastics.
Once we had finished looking at our plastic items the children decided to use them to make junk models of ocean creatures; fish, sharks, jellyfish etc. Below are two examples of a lovely fish and a fantastic jellyfish.
In year 1 we want to Beat Plastic Pollution. We felt very sad seeing the pictures of the animals trapped in the plastic. We decided to write a letter to our local community.
Dear local community,
This is a tremendously important letter so please read it carefully. Please help ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ because animals and creatures are dying and getting trapped every day. How can people kill animals because of all the plastic?
Recycle and reuse all your plastic because creatures are dying in the sea. It is terrible, so make sure you clean the beach properly so no more creatures will die. Do you want to treat the planet badly?
The only way to solve this problem and issue is to put plastic in recycling bins.
We decided to write to the local residents for World Environment day.
Dear local residents,
We are from Stanton Bridge Primary School, we have been learning about the harmful effects of plastic.
We wanted to tell you some facts that might persuade you to recycle more of your rubbish. Did you know that 100,000 animals are killed every year, due to eating the harmful plastic left around by humans? Most of the rubbish thrown into the toilets goes straight into the sea, which directly affects the fish and animals often resulting in them dying. Some plastics never biodegrade, this means that they do not breakdown and will last on this earth for thousands of years, which will affect future generations.
We think as a community we can help! If every household recycles their plastics, we can make a huge impact as a team. Our local recycling centre is at Sainsbury’s. Please help us save the world.
We hope you support us.
For World Environment Day we discussed plastic pollution and we were concerned. So we decided to take action and write a letter to our local MP.
Dear Mr. Cunningham,
We are writing this letter to explain the impact of plastic pollution. With the influence that you have, we can work together to raise awareness and stop people from polluting our Earth! If you do not support us, the whole planet will not exist for future generations.
Pollution is an international problem occurring across the world. As the City of Culture for 2021, it is surely time that we took the lead in the fight against this dangerous, fast spreading disease, which is polluting our Earth.
Pollution is the contamination of our Earth’s environment, mostly our seas and oceans. Plastic bottles and other materials are extremely dangerous and life threatening for our sea creatures. They get tangled in and eat the plastic that has been dumped by us into the ocean. How would you feel if your home was polluted and life became a daily struggle for survival?
Please help us to stop humans polluting our vulnerable Earth!
As a year group we were shocked at the amount of plastic that is wasted. The impact of plastic pollution has surprised and saddened us. We decided to write a persuasive letter to the local recycling centre.
Dear Mr Robinson,
As most people may know World Environment day was on Tuesday 5th June. The theme this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Plastic pollution is a massive risk to our planet in numerous amounts of ways. Due to this, we would like you to handle this matter responsibly.
First of all, we would like you to take another step to improve recycling. As you may know, 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year. Additionally, scientists have predicted 30 billion tonnes of plastic will be produced by the end of the century. That quantity is close the human population on Earth! This will have a devastating impact on the planet.
Our next point is that the animals in our world are starting to eat the plastic. In fact over 100 million mammals are killed every year due to plastic pollution. If you decided to eat these animals, we would be eating plastic too which would lead to health complications. Do you want a plastic bottle for dinner?
You may be aware that plastic cannot decompose like fruit, vegetables and meat. Getting rid of plastic can be difficult. When the plastic is burnt, harmful and toxic gasses are released into the atmosphere resulting in air pollution.
We could save a lot of money by using glass instead of plastic. We can use the same bottle over and over again. We could also switch from plastic bags to stronger and more durable bags such as bags for life which are not made of plastic. These bags can be reused many times, saving the environment and your money!
Lastly, it is essential that everyone knows we are running out of the planet’s natural resources such as oil. By recycling the items we have, we will save these resources. Did you know that 2.3 trillion Styrofoam cups are thrown away each year?
In summary, we are sure that after reading this you will agree with me saying that it is everybody’s responsibility to recycle!
For world environment day we looked at the effects of plastic pollution. We were extremely shocked at the amount of plastic that is wasted. On hearing this information, we decided to write a letter to the Prime minister.
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing this letter to appeal to the government about the current crisis we are facing in regard to plastic pollution. We respectfully urge you to listen to our ideas.
For world environment day, we have reflected on the impact of our undesirable acts, which are destroying marine life and environment. We were extremely devastated to learn that the amount of plastic is frighteningly on the increase; as a result, this has had a large impact on our fellow creatures and the quality of their life.
Plastic has become a necessity in our daily lives; however the disadvantages are greater than the advantages. It has been predicted by biologists that by 2050 there might be more plastic than fish in the sea if we continue at this rate. The children in year 5 have some proposals to stop this crisis, and to ensure that plastic is reduced and disposed of correctly.
Firstly, we should make stricter laws about littering, because clearly the law hasn’t had a good enough impact. The government could install more cameras on the street, this will help people be a bit more thoughtful before they think about littering. In addition to this, when people are caught littering they should be treated more harshly, for example they could take part in community service.
Furthermore, the government should provide more recycling bins and make them more available in certain places, e.g. in city centres, parks, schools etc.
Taking action immediately will help decrease the amount of plastic being thrown into the sea. The amount of plastic has been spreading in the UK and we need to work as a community to stop this crisis. We hope that you take our ideas into consideration and sincerely hope that our proposals have an immediate impact of the situation.
Thank you. Yours Sincerely,
The concerned children in Year 5
For World Environment Day we have learnt how our irresponsible actions have had a devastating impact on the marine life.
Plastic has become a necessity of our daily lives, the majority of things we use is made of plastic. However, there is an ominous side to it. Pieces of this man made material end up in the ocean which sea creatures ingest which leads to fatalities. Or oceans produce 50% of the oxygen we breathe into our bodies yet we are destroying these life givers. It was predicted by marine biologists, that there could be more plastic than fish by 2050.
Most people think plastic is a useful material made by humans however; 8 billion tonnes of it ends up in the ocean every year. Soon, rather than witnessing the beauty of nature, we will instead visit a beach covered in washed up plastic debris. Is that what you want for our future generations?
Plastic is harming an immense number of sea creatures: 86% of sea turtles; which are most common in the ocean, die due to plastic; an estimated 98% of albatross studied are found having ingested some kind of plastic debris; an eight-year study in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia documented 388 sea lions entangled in plastic debris. Sadly, an overwhelming amount of plastic pollution isn’t even visible to the human eye, with much of the pollution occurring out at sea or on a microscopic level.
Plastic takes over a thousand years to biodegrade, this means plastic will still be present in the ocean for generations to come. It’s clear that plastic pollution impacts virtually every living organism in, or thriving off of, the oceans of our world. This is simply not acceptable. The balance of our ecosystem is essential to our quality of life and will ultimately depend on when the world decides to stop turning a blind eye to the issue and make the necessary lifestyle changes.
We all must remain diligent as we work to minimise our own individual consumption of plastic products. So, whether you’re just beginning the journey to minimising plastic in your life or not, there are a few key steps that never hurt to repeat.
· Clean up after yourself; use bins provided or take home your rubbish.
· Recycle; use local recycling bins and depots to recycle home waste.
· Say No; to plastic straws, single use plastic bags, plastic bottles and cups.
The damage we have caused is irreversible however, action can be taken now to work together to improve and prevent further harm. Join us to reduce, reuse and recycle before it’s too late for the Earth’s oceans.