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March/April Newsletter 2017
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Bradbury School onboard the PFS Sea Classroom - see what it was all about!

Goodbye to the PFS Sea Classroom!

After 2.5 years running our extraordinary experiential learning program on the Little Blue Trawler we will be finishing the program at the end of April.  By the end, over 1,600 students, teachers and adults will have travelled to one of our 7 sea surface trawl sites, isolated beaches and coastlines around Hong Kong to learn about and see first hand the impacts of plastic and microplastic marine pollution.

The response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive from the participants. It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to welcome so many students and teachers onboard and in many cases connect them to the sea, the marine life and to our incredible islands and ecosystems in a way that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom.

From the feedback we received over the years after every trip, we know that most students enjoyed the sea surface trawls that brought in myriad plankton species to discover, often unfortunately swimming in water full of microplastics  and  rubbish. The connection between our consumption and plastic habits with the food chain was so obvious in many of the sea surface trawls. The base of the food chain is impacted by plastic, and that impact travels all the way up to the top! We all need to use less plastic; it is very apparent there is a problem.


We could not have run this 'first of a kind' program in Hong Kong without the tremendous support of so many people. From the teachers who guided us with program development, to the volunteers who helped on each trip, and our supporters who got us through the setup and challenges and also gave us additional avenues for learning and research (HKU!). It is a program we are very humbled and proud to have run for so long and very sad to finish. There has been a lot of hard work (and tears) but the rewards have been many.

And of course our project sponsor, Sinopec, has enabled us to connect so many people to the issue of microplastics (including plastic pellets) in the sea and show why it is so important for all of us to reduce our plastic usage - especially of single-use plastics. Much thanks also goes to Brunswick for their help and support over the years facilitating this sponsorship.


The most memorable days have been taking local students out on a boat for the first time to parts of Hong Kong they have never been to, and then connecting them with the life in their sea. Accessing remote beaches for cleanups with students has been incredibly satisfying, knowing that all the rubbish had been washed up and would have stayed on the beach or gone back to the sea had we not removed it.

Our next focus will be on strengthening and further developing our land-based programs, where we will bring as much of the learning as possible from the sea classroom to the traditional classroom, and plan to reach many thousands more students in the future.
 
Dana, Julia and Tracey - PFS Sea Classroom Crew
On Land, On the Beach and Out at Sea
Beach cleanup with the French International School, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
What did the PFS team do in the 31 days of March ...
25 School Talks
18 Sea Classroom Trips 
7 Beach Cleanups
5 School Workshops
4 Community Events

PFS Team in March: 3 full time, 1 intern and 4 awesome volunteers!

Since 2013 the student outreach is about 20,000 but in just this last month we were able to reach a record 3,600+ people - a huge achievement that we thought was definitely worth sharing!
Little Wins and Success Stories
Little Wins Campaign:  What can one person do to make a difference? Our response is always - a lot! Through social media, direct action (conversations, letter writing), grassroots mobilisation and setting an example for others to follow, we hear many stories of Little Wins in the fight to reduce plastic usage and wastage. Share your story here.
This month's featured Little Win shows how young kids can lead the way in making big changes. "My son loves the ocean and the beach. When I asked him which charity he wanted to donate to for his birthday through Two Presents he immediately picked Plastic Free Seas. Prior to Julia from Plastic Free Seas giving him and his sister a presentation on how plastics and rubbish are hurting the ocean and its inhabitants, neither my son (8 yrs) nor  daughter (6 yrs) really thought about the issue. But since the presentation ... Read More 
What Can You Do Today?
Connect with Plastic Free Seas:
Click on the links below to request a school talk or to discuss the corporate programs we offer. Do you know of an event coming up that could have Plastic Free Seas as a charity partner?

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Take Action
Learn about the next big plastic marine pollution issue
The Story of Microfibers

Sign the petition to
Establish Beverage Carton Recycling in Hong Kong
Ban Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products in Hong Kong
Stop Wrapping Our Produce in Plastic


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TwoPresents A great platform for charity giving from birthday or festive celebrations
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Plastic Free Seas Merchandise
Sales from Plastic Free Seas merchandise financially supports the school education programs. Some stocks are limited. With water bottles, cutlery sets, Plastic Ocean books, PFS' iconic Smiley tees, there is something for everyone to use or receive as a gift.
Psssst! For a limited time the Smiley tees are on sale!
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Thank You for Supporting Plastic Free Seas
Plastic Free Seas is grateful for the generosity and support from individuals, companies, schools and foundations to fund our education programs.  If you want to contribute, your donation large or small will help continue to run the PFS land, beach and sea activities.
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