Students learn about plastic pollution in school

Students were given a lesson about plastic pollution when passionate volunteers from across the county came to talk about the current problem.

Members of the Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition arrived at Pool Academy on Monday to speak to Year 7s about their work.

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The community group aims to help people in Cornwall work together to find local solutions to the marine litter issue.

The volunteers brought in jars full of plastic items including bottle lids and baby soothers. They also had a collection of toothbrushes, ropes and lighters. These were all items which had been found on the Cornish shorelines.

Delia Webb, from Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition, told the class: “All across Cornwall we have got an army of volunteers. We really care about the environments and the wildlife which is why we volunteer.

“We have been doing this in Cornwall since before the Blue Planet raised awareness. We have been doing it for about 10 to 15 years.”

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Raising awareness of plastic pollution is of upmost importance and it is great to get experienced environmental experts in to help teach us how to help stop it.”