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Kids Against Plastic

Raising awareness of the negative effects of petroleum plastic on the environment.

 

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Life in our oceans, rivers - and even on land - is at risk from plastic pollution.

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A n important part of doing your bit and changing the world for the better is to be interested, informed and reflective. So, we’ve put together a collection of resources that we hope will be helpful.

Below are some BIG blue buttons that give you quick access to some themed resources. Or, you can just search or filter the resource bank.

If there are any resources you would like (that we haven’t provided already), do get in touch.

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein

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Sets of resources grouped by theme

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The Story of Microfibres

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Learn about the hidden horror that are man-made material microfibres - tiny pieces of plastic clothing fibres that get washed out of our clothes, and into our waterways, each time we wash them.
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Laundry ball that catches nasty microfibres

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‘Cora Ball’ was inspired by corals that filter ocean water. This laundry ball will help capture microfibres when you do your laundry. It can even pick up hair. This nature-inspired…

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What’s the problem with microfibres?

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Find out about the hidden but dangerous problem of microfibre plastic pollution.
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The One Thing Missing from Beach Cleanups

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Cleanups are a great way to remove plastic pollution already on the beach, but how do we stop it from getting there in the first place?
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The Story of Bottled Water

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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day)
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What is sustainable development?

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A short animated film produced to support Sustainable Development learning. Watch and find out just what sustainable development really means.
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Tell Everybody

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There's never been a more appropriate time to remind everybody about the UN Global Goals and the need to learn about them, raise awareness, and most importantly ... to DO something.
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Ways to reduce your plastic waste

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A pdf – perfect for use as a poster – showing some easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate in your everyday life.

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12,000 tons of rubbish collected from an Indian beach

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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A message for kids, from kids (against plastic)

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Amy and Ella recorded this video a couple of years ago when they were invited to speak in schools around the UK but couldn’t make it. The girls might look…

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School Uniforms made from plastic bottles

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David Luke make Eco school uniforms from plastic bottles, turning waste into up cycled stylish and practical clothing. This film shows how they now have the ability to make sweatshirts, cardigans,…

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King of the Trash Hill

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A thought-provoking photograph showing a bulldozer working on a landfill site.

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Reusable water bottles with built-in filtration

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Could reusable water bottles with built-in purification filters offer more than just a travel solution? Would their use reduce the number of plastic bottles sold and littered? Find out more…

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A message from the deep

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A short but very powerful film about how a whale - dying from plastic ingestion - is seemingly trying to communicate this (and perhaps more) to the humans that found it.
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Recycling myths busted: what can you actually recycle?

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There are many myths about what can be and what is (two very different things) be recycled - this resource from Hull University busts some of those myths.
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How much plastic is in our oceans?

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An engaging film about how much plastic we use and how does it affect the natural world?
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Plastic’s Journey in our waterways

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A very informative infographic about our relationship (reliance) on plastic and the realities of where and how it ends up in our environment.
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What happens to plastic you throw away?

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We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away?
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The Plastic Bank – social plastic

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The Plastic Bank is a for-profit social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to help reduce global poverty while stopping plastic from entering the ocean.
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Sky invests in plastic bottle solution

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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Plastic Microfibres Slideshow

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This slideshow shows, under a microscope, some of the plastic microfibres we wash into our waterways when we wash our clothes.
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How to make the UK a Plastic Clever Nation

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Be Plastic Clever We all have a part to play in contributing towards turning the plastic tide. In our TEDx talk at Exeter, Kids Against Plastic set out their Plastic…

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Plastic Clever Scouts and Guides

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A case study and guide for becoming a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group. Thanks to Hannah Marsh and the 1st Thatcham Guides, we have just made available a case study and activity guide for any Scout or Guide group wanting become Plastic Clever.
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Make a pet shark

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A fun creative activity to make a pet shark. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Match the Rays

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A really tricky matching activity. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Albatrosses are ingesting plastic

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Concerns about plastic pollution and specifically how it is affecting the health of Albatrosses. A short film made by Blue Planet II.

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100 Pieces of Plastic

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A Key Stage 1 maths lesson based round the collection of 100 pieces of plastic litter.
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Drones used in fight against plastic pollution on UK beaches

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A new initiative is combining drones, tidal studies and navigation technology to try and work out where the millions of tonnes of plastic we dump in the sea ends up.
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Intere’sting’ Facts and Information about Rays and Skates

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An amazing visual resource introducing and explaining about Swordfish (and their rostrum).
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Writing Ideas for KS1

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A KS1 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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Investigating Plastic Pollution – The Basics

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An excellent video by Algalita a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the marine environment. The video covers plastic (as a material) the issues associated with plastic pollution, and some…

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Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and his Fantastic Friends

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A funny audiobook, written by Georgina Stevens, narrated by Jeremy Irons, about a Tiger Shark named Finn, who gets into a spot of bother.  Also featuring a brand new, beautiful…

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KS2 Writing Ideas

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A KS2 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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The UN Global Goals

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A lesson guide that introduces the UN's Global Goals as a stimulus for learning about environmental and humanitarian issues, leading to the pupils thinking about they can contribute towards the Goals through their own actions and activities.
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Trash Islands

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A lesson that uses research about the Great Pacific Trash Island (gyre) to investigate the effects of plastic pollution.
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Pros and Cons

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A KS2 lesson that encourages pupils to consider the Pros and Cons of plastic before making and justifying a personal opinion about the positive and negatives associated with plastic.
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Plastic Quiz

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A hands-on activity that requires the application of knowledge and skills to classify a selection of products based on whether they contain plastic or not. The work on 'environmental impact', 'recyclability' and 'sustainability' make this a rich and engaging lesson.
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Plastic Recycling Process

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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials.
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Plastic Pioneers

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An interesting lesson about the different groups / scientists that lead the early work that led to the creation of plastic, and how evidence is used to support or refute science.
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Plastic Facts

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A KS2 lesson that focuses on developing speaking and listening skills and how to use facts and figures during discussions and debates.
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Nappy Testing

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A practical investigation saturated with interesting science, and one that has a thought-provoking environmental follow up activity.
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Material Sort

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A KS2 lesson on exploring and classifying objects in different ways, such as by biodegradability and recyclability, and whether made-made or natural.
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Making Plastic – lesson resource

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Learn about the material that is plastic (it's properties, how it is made) and ask whether it is OK to discard items made from it.
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Making Plastic

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Learn about the material that is plastic (it's properties, how it is made) and ask whether it is OK to discard items made from it.
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Recycling Plastics

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A KS2 lesson guide that helps develop an understanding of key terms like 'recycling' and 'recyclable' through recording and interpreting, and classifying data.
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Decomposing Time

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A lesson idea to encourage investigative and enquiry skills around the theme of decomposition of different materials.
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Alternative Snacks

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After some tasty research and investigation into snacks and packaging, pupils create and then advertise their own (plastic clever) snacks to sell in school.
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100 Pieces of Plastic – lesson resource

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A resource to support the Key Stage 1 maths lesson guide '100 Pieces of Plastic'.
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Information Poster About Swordfish

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An amazing visual resource introducing and explaining about Swordfish (and their rostrum).
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Information Poster About Coral

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A colourful poster showing the current state of coral in the oceans.
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Litter Pics

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A selection of images showing litter in the environment to show just how ubiquitous plastic pollution is, and how - once you start looking for it - you find it everywhere.
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Water Bottles – lesson guide

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A KS1 lesson that helps pupils to identify different types of plastic: single use vs reusable, and the skills associated with using data to answer questions and persuade.
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Plastic Recycling – lesson guide

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A lesson guide suitable for KS1 and KS2 that looks at the term 'recycling' and how this applies to (or not) different materials such as plastic.
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Plastic Hazards

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A lesson guide to help encourage an understanding of the hazards presented to natural environments and living things by plastic pollution.
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Material Sort

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Investigating materials based on their properties.
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Reading Comprehension – lesson guide

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A reading comprehension lesson plan using the associated non-fiction text about plastic pollution.
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Reading Comprehension – text

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A non-fiction text about plastic pollution that supports the Reading Comprehension lesson plan.
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Litter pick and sort

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A Key Stage 1 collection, sort and interpretation using litter found in the school playground.
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Which Materials Biodegrade?

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A Key Stage 1/ 2 investigation into the biodegradability of plastic.
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BIG 4 Plastic Polluters Posters

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A zip file of posters (made by Kids Against Plastic) of the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters that feature in the top 10 of ocean pollutants.
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Plastic pollution in the Antarctic worse than expected, experts warn

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New Research by the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey has highlighted the emerging problem of plastic pollution in the Antarctic

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Ocean Plastic

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Plastic pollution pictured along the coast of Wadi El Gamal national park, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Credit: Cherie Bridges

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‘Plastic Clever’ Cafes

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One of the solutions to the plastic problem is Youth Social Action - engaging and activating a generation of young people to make a stand against issues they are not happy with, and doing something to improve them. Be Plastic Clever is an example of Youth Social Action, or Activism.
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Make your own bioplastic – in your kitchen

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Casein plastic –  a type of bioplastic – is something that you can easily make. But is bioplastic the future or does it raise other issues?

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British Coasts Crossword

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How much do you know about the British coast? Find out with this crossword. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Make a skate

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Skates are amazing animals; have a go at making your own. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Spot the difference

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Spot the difference between the two shipwrecks – if you can. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Create a coral reef

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A lovely creative activity – a great way to demonstrate understanding of a coral reef habitat. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Whale Facts and Quiz

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Learn about whales and then take the quiz! Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Seahorse Colouring

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A cute little spiny seahorse that’s currently lacking a bit of colour. Can you help it have a brighter day? Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Coral Reef wordsearch

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Information and key vocabulary associated with coral reefs.. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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5 Steps to being plastic free – by Will McCallum

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Will McCallum, head of Greenpeace UK Oceans, gives us his five steps to becoming plastic free.

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Beach Clean Guide – by Will McCallum

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Will McCallum is head of Greenpeace UK Oceans and has recently published a book about how to give up plastic. Will has kindly given us some of his materials from his book
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Mother pilot whale grieves over her dead calf

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A mother pilot whale grieves over its dead calf. A short film from Blue Planet II.

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The Future of our oceans

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The future of our oceans. A short film made by Blue Planet II.

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Steppes Beyond Festival

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Kids Against Plastic share exclusive interview footage with Steve Backshall, Simon Reeve, Sylvia Earle and more, shot at the brilliantly inspirational Steppes Beyond Festival 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society –…

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Coffee Cup Levy

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What is the coffee cup levy? And what do people think of it as a solution to reducing the amount disposable coffee cups we use?

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Plastic in our food

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There is so much plastic in our oceans, that you could be eating 11,000 microparticles of plastic per year.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 3

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This is the third of three videos about the life of plastic bottles, covering how we can combat plastic pollution, and also the non-plastic alternatives that are out there.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 2

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This is the second of three videos about the life of a plastic bottle, covering the consumption and disposal of bottles.

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Life of a plastic bottle part 1

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The first of three videos about plastic bottles and their negative impact on the environment throughout their lives. This video covers the manufacture and transportation of a plastic bottle.

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Whale killed by plastic

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A news bulletin about a whale that starved to death after consuming plastic, some of it from the UK.

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Pay for bottled water?

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Does it make sense to buy bottled water? Not in Buxton, Derbyshire it doesn't.
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