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Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre and Camp Hill Infants and Primary School Clean up Moreton Bay

 
​Hard at work cleaning up Moreton Bay!
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Congratulations to the awesome Environment Club for their efforts to make Moreton Bay a little bit cleaner on School’s Clean Up Australia Day!​

Did you know:

·    At least 10% of the plastic we use ends up in our oceans?
·    This is equivalent to 700 billion plastic bottles
·     If we stacked these bottles on top of each other, they would reach further than the sun!
Unfortunately, this plastic is not going to the sun, it’s staying in our oceans. So the Environment Club set out to do their part in cleaning up Moreton Bay.
 
The students engaged in scientific investigations and explored how rubbish enters Moreton Bay and the effects this could have on the environment. Once on board our vessel, Inspiration, the students conducted a sediment grab from the bottom of the ocean and sieved the contents to search for microplastics under the microscope. Everyone had great fun searching for not just microplastics in our sediment sample, but small shrimp and plankton that may also be affected by plastic in the ocean.
 
After lunch and some turtle-spotting on St Helena Island (and lots of questions and intrigue about the prison era!) the Environment Club cleaned up the beaches and conducted a litter audit using the Tangaroa Blue method. The students loved their time with Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre, and we loved having a group of excited and environmentally conscious ‘Champions for the Bay’ who will endeavour to use less plastic and help educate their peers and families.
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Last reviewed 19 March 2018
Last updated 19 March 2018