It was a wonderful World Environment
Day for MBEEC on the Bay. This year’s theme for World Environment Day was
#BeatPlasticPollution. Every minute one
garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Moreton Bay EEC
celebrated with professional development onboard Inspiration which involved an afternoon cruise for teachers from
our cluster and client schools.
We trawled for plankton, studied
findings under microscopes to spot microplastics in the water column, and discussed
its impact on the marine ecosystem. The afternoon, completed with a delicious
sustainable food platter (all locally grown, and thoughtfully packaged), also
involved a very competitive trivia competition. All prizes were alternatives to
plastics and included wooden toothbrushes, cotton produce bags and beeswax wraps.
Forty percent of plastic is used once and
thrown away, and items like plastic water bottles, toothbrushes and cigarette
butts take over 500 years to break down… More than five human lifetimes!
The afternoon of education was a
massive success thanks to Erin van der Wyk and the entire MBEEC team. All
involved vowed to lessen their impact on marine plastic pollution by taking
small, simple steps to reduce plastic use and become Champions for the Bay.
Remember – if you can’t Reuse, Refuse!