Teaching resources:Ocean Plastics Academy Platform Ocean Plastics Academy Learning Objectives Scheme of work for England Oceans for Beginners | Ages 5 - 7 Ocean Plastics X-Curric | Ages 5 - 7 Oceans for Beginners | Ages 7 - 11 Ocean Plastics X-Curric | Ages 7 - 11 Oceans for Beginners | Ages 11 - 14 Oceans for Beginners | Ages 14 - 16
Inspiring the next generation to eliminate plastic waste
Marine plastic pollution is a visible and pervasive environmental and social issue affecting ocean, human and economic health. We believe that equipping young people with the knowledge, experience and courage to address plastic pollution is an important part of the solution. Ocean Plastics Academy supports educators by providing them with an authoritative and standards-linked set of resources aligned with the national curriculum to support students to build their knowledge on related topics year on year.
A shared understanding of plastic across its entire life cycle - including its impact on the marine environment - is crucial in developing meaningful responses and informing action on a personal and community level. Literacy is the starting point for the education programme. A plastics literate population will be able to inform good governance, as leaders, citizens and voters. However, literacy on its own is not enough and the Ocean Plastics Academy is bringing teaching materials alive by developing innovative engagement tools that help to shift literacy into action.
"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." James Honeyborne
Executive Producer BLUE PLANET ll
We have adopted two approaches to environmental and sustainability education. First, the links between literacy, action and governance; and second, UNESCO’s use of cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural learning outcomes as part of education for the Sustainable Development Goals. This approach is being rolled out on a country-by-country basis. Starting in the UK, a replicable model has been developed.
Taking this strategic approach country-by-country means that the Ocean Plastics Academy is accessible, authoritative and appropriate.
This new approach to addressing plastic pollution helps governments understand plastic waste flows and optimise policies to effectively ‘drawdown’ the flow of ocean plastic pollution.
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.