Claire and all at Plastic Free Seaford are thrilled at the response from Seaford schools who embraced the idea of collaborating on Plastic Action Week. We believe strongly that as a community, working together is the best way of measurably reducing plastic pollution within learning environments with a special focus on the reduction and ultimately the elimination of single-use plastics through better understanding what plastic pollution is.
Hundreds of Seaford students have been involved in a range of activities this week to draw attention to and solve the problem of plastic waste in the environment. Assistant Head teacher at Seaford Head School, Mr Rob Handy, said “We aim to reduce our plastic use in the first place from the plastic cutlery and bottles to the pens and rulers that we sell.” He has delivered assemblies to introduce a new recycling scheme that will see the school increase the recycling of plastic waste. Students from across the school have taken part in litter picks, beach cleans and making art from plastic waste. In English lessons they have written poetry and persuasive letters and in science and maths lessons they have analysed data to do with plastic pollution and studied the bioaccumulation of toxins from plastic pollution in the food chain.
Students also had the opportunity to express their environmental concerns to MP Maria Caulfield who visited the school last week. One year eight student said: “You hear about these stories in the news about Sea Turtles and birds dying because they’ve ingested so much plastic and we all have to do our bit to make things better”. Other students pressed Maria Caulfield on why environmental issues did not feature as a priority in the 2017 Conservative manifesto and why England has not signed up to a bottle deposit scheme like they have in Scotland. Students have been invited to write to their MP so that their views can be represented.