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:
least 10% of the plastic we use ends up in our oceans?
is equivalent to 700 billion plastic bottles
we stacked these bottles on top of each other, they would reach further than
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
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.