One amazing teacher, Mr. Kostas Sigoulakis, showed A PLASTIC OCEAN to all THREE of the schools he teaches at in Mani (Gytheio, Areopoli and Krokees). A total of 8 classes ranging from 6th grade through to 12th grade saw the documentary.
The screenings were followed by long discussions about plastic pollution - every age group showed to be highly concerned. We, at Plastic Free Greece, urge that all screenings are followed by an activity that helps to reduce plastic pollution, and we make suggestions such as the adoption of a zero-waste day, a conscious re-evaluation of one's habits, an appeal to local bars / restaurants to reduce plastic waste, etc. In this particular case, the students decided to organise a series of beach clean ups on Sunday mornings. The first beach clean up took place this past Sunday, December 3rd, on Gytheio Beach. The beach unfortunately looked like many untended beaches do all over Greece - lots of washed up plastic bottles, plastic lids, plastic bags, a few glass bottles.
THANK YOU for so enthusiastically embracing this cause and making all your students feel part of the solution. Cleaning up beaches is one definite way to reduce plastic waste from entering our oceans and leading by example is the best way to transmit this message to the broader community.