Launched on 24th January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue’s #PassOnPlastic campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting ocean health, find innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics, and inspire people to make small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference. The Premier League and Sky are now working together to raise awareness of the environmental impact of single-use plastic in schools so the message goes beyond Premier League clubs and their fans.
Last week, 234 Year 5/6 pupils from six local schools travelled to Pride Park Stadium to take part in a Sky Ocean Rescue Workshop delivered by the Trust. They identified everyday single use plastic, it’s lifespan, and it’s harmful effect to sea life and the environment. They discussed how they can reduce their plastic usage by making small changes to their daily routines.
School Project Officer, Lauren Slater:
“As well as educating young people around Single Use Plastic we wanted to deliver a workshop that inspired young people to make a change.
Throughout the workshops we have been able to gain an understanding as to why young people use SUP but also what they would do if they had the power to make a change, so the last activity was to do just that and write a letter to a friend, family member, organisation or business about their use of SUP and if they would be prepared to use an alternative.
The pupils left with a goodybag of SUP alternatives including a bamboo straw, reusable cutlery, reusable bag and a DCCT water bottle.”
The Trust has recently pledged their own green initiative; recycling bins and information cards have been placed around the office as well company water bottles for staff members, clients and participants to reduce the use of single use plastic bottles.