Wellesley Haddon Dene School litter pick pledge

Wellesley Haddon Dene pupils picking litter

Wellesley Haddon Dene School in Broadstairs has committed to collecting 40 bags of litter this month in aid of the GB Spring Clean Challenge.

Plastic is in our lives our lives from the food packaging we buy to the computers we work with and the cars we drive. However, many of the plastics are used only once and then thrown away with much of it ending up in the ocean.

It has been predicted that there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the sea. Plastic has been found in more than 60% of all seabirds and in sea turtles species that mistake it for food. When animals ingest plastic, it can cause life-threatening problems, including reduced fitness, nutrient uptake and feeding efficiency—all vital for survival.

Every year, 11 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean on top of the estimated 200 million metric tons that currently circulate in marine environments.

Each class at Wellesley Haddon Dene has committed to completing a local litter pick or beach clean in the coming weeks.  Lots of children have also completed litter picks in their own time and after school.

Headmistress Joanne Parpworth said: “We take our role in the community very seriously and we want to educate our youngsters about the impact of plastic pollution and the steps we can take to reduce this global problem.

“We are already well on our way to collecting our 40 bags of litter and we have every intention of exceeding our quota.’

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