The first screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN (with Greek subtitles) took place this week in Volos. 50 students aged 9 - 15 watched the 22 minute documentary with great interest. The educator and organiser of the event, Eleni Sofogianni, describes the reaction of her students and the actions they are planning to take given what they learned:
"We [the teachers] watched the documentary a few times before deciding how to introduce the topic to our students. We decided to show them pictures of animals trapped in plastic garbage. I couldn't have imagined how angry the children would become when they saw these images. We spoke about plastic garbage using the facts from the activity book you sent us. Finally, they watched the documentary. All the students, regardless of age group, were engaged throughout the screening.
We won't stop here. This is just the beginning. We decided to recycle all plastic waste at our school. We decided that this coming Saturday, November 11, will be a zero-plastic waste day and we will repeat it as often as possible. We will make posters and put them up around our school to remind us of everything we learned this week."