Babes in the Wild win conservation prize

May 01 2018
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Students from Steiner Academy Fishponds were the Bristol winners of the Action for Conservation schools prize. Martha Longhurst-Goodrich, 13, explains their Babes in the Wild project.

THIS is what we have been doing to raise awareness about plastic in the oceans.

My teacher invited a lady called Laura into our class. Laura works with an inspiring organisation called Action for Conservation. She told us the importance of caring for our environment and gave us a view of what we could do to help. 

We called our group Babes in the Wild and we are focusing on the seriousness and harmful effect that plastic has in the ocean. As part of our presentation for the WildED competition, we put on a film night.

We showed the award winning film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ to our school and served popcorn and squash to raise money for 4ocean and plasticoceans.com, which works with thousands of communities around the world removing rubbish from oceans and coastal areas. We have raised from students, £76.16 and further donations  have taken our total to £120. On March 12, Babes in the Wild did a hands-on workshop with Class 6 in our school. We made seed planters out of waste plastic bottles, and explained to them good ways to reuse your rubbish.

As part of our entry, we made a Bottlenose dolphin out of waste plastic bottles and bags, and we also organised a massive litter pick through Vassals Park / Oldbury Court / Frome Valley with class 6 and 7. Altogether we collected 150kg of rubbish! We want to help to keep our environment clean and inspire others to do the same.

Did you know that a shocking eight million metric tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year? We have found out that scientists have calculated that in the last 65 years, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been made and consumed.  That’s the equivalent of the weight of one billion elephants. 70% of that is now rubbish, 30% is still in use. Roughly 9% has been recycled. 

Babes in the Wild was picked to show our project to an expert panel of conservationists. We were so happy to find out that our group was the overall winner!