Plastic Oceans Australasia
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Plastic Oceans Australasia
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9/22 French Avenue, Brunswick
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Plastic Oceans Australia wants to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation through a focus on the ‘refuse’ of the 4R’s: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle. Our approach is to develop the ability to be creative, problem-solving, critical thinkers. The big question is, can we learn to live without plastic?
Our project in the Moreton Bay Shire is the ‘Collective Schools Challenge’. We are inviting 10 schools to sign up and work as a collective to join the Plastic Oceans Australasia Education Program (both Practical and Theoretical components). We want to see these 10 schools work collaboratively to commit and act to eliminate single use plastic from their schools within a 12 month period. This project is open only to the first 10 schools that sign up.
The theory modules of our Education Program aim to provide primary and high school students with knowledge about plastics and their detrimental effects on the environment.
Objectives of the practical component of the program are as follows:
Our mains goals are to
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We are the plastic population drowning in a plastic crisis. Single use plastic is indestructible, and production has outpaced the planets ability to deal with the waste produced. Landfill is not the answer with export doors now closing for recycling. The waste ultimately ends up in our waterways. Scientific evidence has shown that 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans EVERY YEAR estimated to increase to 320T at current rate of manufacturing. Plastic in the ocean leads to entanglement, ingestion, habitat destruction and impacts on marine and human health. Consumer habits must be hastened for change. The Gen Alpha and Z’s are the new world influencers to be able to change consumer behaviour in households, communities and within peer groups quickly. Currently there is a huge amount of misinformed information being disseminated on how to dispose of waste. Our Film “A Plastic Ocean “helped raise awareness of the issues now we can deliver to targeted groups with all the tools in a positive way to move forward with a tangible solution.
POA is a unique charity in our region that collaborates with other charitable organisations, united in our aims to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation. Created and initiated initially by the Founder and producer of the film, Jo Ruxton (who is based in the UK), this education program has taken five years of extensive research and development to be produced for global use; designed alongside scientists, educational institutions by teachers for teachers. We are raising awareness of the plastic issue and solutions by taking our messages and these resources to different audiences such as schools, further education, individuals, communities, businesses, government and international developments. However, the greatest current demand is from the education and community sectors. Australia houses 25 million people of which approximately 5 million are under the age of 18. It may be that a whole village is required to bring up a child, however today, the climate change predictions have been proved to be very conservative, we know through research that the power to instill rapid change is greatest with Gen Z’s and Gen Alpha’s are activated. Our program delivers a comprehensive easy to use pathway for systematic positive behavioral change.