Teaching Resources:Ocean Plastics Academy Platform Ocean Plastics Academy Learning Objectives
Downloads:Ocean Plastics Academy Paper Home Education Toolkit (Greek)
We need a new generation of sea champions.
Teaching young people about plastic – where it comes from, what it does, where it goes, and what they can do about it - will create a generation of leaders, activists, citizens and voters dedicated to solving the plastic pollution crisis.
Developed with a broad coalition of educators, scientists and industry experts, Ocean Plastics Academy combines a suite of curriculum-aligned resources with practical activities that help schools radically reduce their reliance on single-use plastics.
Teacher resources on plastics and their impact on the marine environment. Designed for ages 5-16, aligned to the National Curriculum for England programmes of study for Science, Geography and Design & Technology.
To solve a problem like plastic, you must first understand it. Our learning resources build knowledge and understanding, year-on-year, for students aged 5 to 16 years old.
The resources are standards-linked and aligned with UK’s national curriculum and are available to download for free from our online platform.
We also offer learning opportunities for teachers to refine their ocean plastic knowledge.
We developed these resources in close partnership with award-winning education specialists Encounter Edu, as well as exam boards, universities, educators, students and brands.
We collaborated with Subject Associations to ensure the learning is relevant, accurate and engaging. And we drew on UNESCO’s education framework, which uses cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural learning outcomes embedded in the UN’s SDGs.
Ocean Plastics Academy was developed for the UK and can be adapted and replicated to other countries around the world – particularly those working to achieve the UN’s SDGs.
Real life experiences help reinforce formal learning. We turn literacy into action by guiding schools through the steps to radically reduce single-use plastics in their classrooms, dinner rooms, playgrounds and hallways.
Our toolkit empowers students, engages the whole school and creates a cultural shift around the role of single-use plastic in young people’s lives.
We encourage schools to engage their students to take the lead on designing interventions, such as plastic free tuck shops, lunches, and advocacy action. We also offer ongoing support to schools, monitor their progress, and celebrate successes to influence the wider community and other institutions.
"The Ocean Plastics Academy from Common Seas will support the next generation to learn their way out of the plastic pollution crisis while deepening their understanding of our intimate relationship with the greatest life support system on our planet, the ocean."
Executive Producer Blue Planet II
A toolkit to help governments understand their country’s plastic waste flows and take effective mitigation action
Our vision is a global network of plastic waste-free islands. We are working with governments, councils, businesses and local changemakers to identify and accelerate solutions.
We’re helping Paros become the first single-use plastic waste-free island in the Mediterranean. By delivering a success story here, we are showcasing a methodology that could work anywhere.
Supported by evidence from our Plastic Drawdown programme, the President of the Maldives announced a total phase-out of single-use plastics by 2023. We provide technical assistance and demonstrate the impact of policy to support this ambitious strategy.
Together with our partners, we are cleaning up the Brantas River, transforming it into a source of healthy drinking water for the millions of people living along its banks. The Brantas is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. About 50% of the plastic waste currently in and entering the Brantas is single-use diapers. Our local team is therefore initially focusing on stopping the flow of single-use diapers into the river in a way that brings widespread and long-lasting social and economic benefits to the region.