David Jones on Plastic Oceans

In last Monday’s assembly we were really fortunate to receive a fascinating talk from David Jones from the Plastic Oceans Foundation. David spoke about how plastic pollution has now spread to almost every corner of the seas, floating on the surface in huge conglomerations at the centre of ocean sized swirling currents, and drifting on the floor of every sea bed. We learnt that animals even in the remotest islands of the pacific are dying from stomachs full of small shards of plastic pertaining to 15% of their body mass. Perhaps the scariest point was that these fish and birds, many of which we eat, are collecting toxins from the plastic and storing them in their fat. However, the solution for many countries is simple: pay people to hand in plastic litter, as has been successfully done in Germany. This serious global issue is not out of our control, in fact quite the opposite.

By Josh Grubb, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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