Action on Plastic in Schools

All round the world, young people are taking action to combat climate change and fight plastic pollution. Here are some great tips and inspiration for taking action on plastic in your school for teachers and young activists alike. Also check our pages on how to action at home and at work and invite your students’ families and your colleagues in the staff room to join in!

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PLASTIC FREE SCHOOLS
Plastic Free Schools is a PUPIL LED education programme, designed to create real, positive environmental change in UK schools and beyond. This groundbreaking programme for schools and nurseries equips and empowers young activists with the tools to create positive, lasting environmental change. Created by the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage to hit key curriculum targets from KS1 – KS3.

PLASTIC FREE 4 SCHOOLS
This free 8 lesson, curriculum-aligned programme was designed by Plastic Free 4 Kids. Once completed, each child will receive a Certificate of Participation.

JOIN YOUR LOCAL PLASTIC FREE COMMUNITY
If you are a college or school you could join in with a local Plastic Free Community programme from the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (who also run the Plastic Free Schools programme listed above).

RETHINK PERIODS CAMPAIGN
The Bristol-based environmental group City to Sea have a range of plastic pollution campaigns, including their brilliant #RethinkPeriods campaign for primary and secondary schools, offering young people unbiased and informative information on all products available, including the many alternatives to conventional, plastic-based period products, and the social and environmental contexts of menstruation.

FOR EDUCATORS
Explore these websites for lesson plans and resources on plastic pollution:
Plastic Pollution Coalition
WWF
The Plastic Challenge
National Geographic Kids
Plastic Free July

AMY & ELLA – KIDS AGAINST PLASTIC
If you’re a young person wanting more ways to make your voice heard, check out youth activists like Amy and Ella Meek, who have a whole range of plastic pollution campaigns that you can get involved with.

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