Ten schools, including CBS Midleton, came together last week to take part in a unique Environmental Awareness Day to Save our Seas and to discuss and exhibit their plans to reduce their use of single use plastics in their schools and in their communities.
The schools are all Edmund Rice schools and the campaign is a key part of the network’s focus on social advocacy, peace and justice.
At a meeting in Callan, Co. Kilkenny last September, students from the ten schools decided themselves to focus on the need for an emergency response to the excessive use of throw-away plastics and their impact on marine life. The Environmental Awareness Day, which was hosted by Ard Scoil na Mara in Tramore, was the culmination of the year’s work. SOS, the campaign was launched officially by Senator Grace O’Sullivan.
It is estimated that about 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea globally every year, which means that at this rate the world faces a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050.
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