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Canadian students to get ocean plastic education

OTTAWA – The federal government has joined Ocean School, Ocean Wise, Sea Smart, Students on Ice, and WE to launch a new Ocean Plastics Education Kit for Canadian students.

The Ocean Plastics Education Kit will engage students and teachers from coast to coast to coast to increase awareness of the problems that marine plastic litter causes for oceans and the environment, and empower them to develop solutions and take action.

The education kit can be accessed here.

“Ocean School is delighted to collaborate with ECCC and other partners empowering young Canadians to take action on marine plastics. The Ocean Plastics Education Kit is an excellent way to leverage Canadian ocean education resources and expertise to bring focused attention onto marine plastics. We are pleased to be a part of it, and look forward to continuing our work fostering a culture of marine sustainability and stewardship in Canada and around the globe,” said Boris Worm, scientific director, Ocean School.

“The issue of plastic in our oceans is increasingly pressing. The good news is that through partnerships like this one with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and by engaging our youth across the country, we have a real opportunity to reduce the impact of marine litter on our waterways,” said James Bartram, vice-president of education and youth, Ocean Wise.

“The resources Ocean Wise and its peers have created will serve to launch an invaluable dialogue with the environmental stewards of tomorrow. Our hope with these efforts is to ensure a world for these students in which our oceans are healthy and flourishing.”

More than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste is circulating in the world’s in the oceans, and less than 10 per cent of all plastics are recycled and kept in the economy.

Canada championed international efforts to reduce plastic pollution by spearheading the development of the Ocean Plastics Charter adopted by Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom at the G7 leaders’ summit. The Government of Canada is currently holding a consultation to gather Canadians thoughts on how to achieve a zero-plastic waste future.

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