After the students of the 9th Elementary School of Evosmos watched "A Plastic Ocean" their teacher, Mr. George Voudouris, asked them to draw something they had learned from watching the documentary. As you can see, the elementary school students understood the implications of plastic pollution perfectly well:
1) In the first drawing the sea is plagued with single-use plastic - single-use plastic bags, plastic coffee take away cups with plastic straws, cigarette butts AND a Coca-Cola plastic bottle (the BBC reported yesterday that of the 480BN plastic bottles produced in 2016, 110bn were produced by Coca-Cola).
2) In the second drawing we see a fish eating plastic bags. Two recent videos show the consequences to sea animals which confuse plastic trash with food (please note the images are very disturbing): (a) the Mahi Mahi caught in Costa Rica with many many plastic lids and plastic trash in its stomach, (b) the mother whale mourning the death of her calf, poisoned by her own toxic milk.
3) In the third drawing, a fish is surrounded by plastic bottles - plastic bottles are one of the most common types of marine debris.
Thank you to Mr. George Voudouris for taking the time to teach his students such important lessons. Respect for nature should form the very foundation of our society.