Alkimos: Trinity Early Learning School teaching importance of reducing plastic use ahead of Earth Day

Staff and children the Early Learning School in Alkimos. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d481757
Staff and children the Early Learning School in Alkimos. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d481757

CHILDREN at Trinity Early Learning School in Alkimos are helping to end plastic pollution ahead of international Earth Day on April 22.

This year’s Earth Day campaign is about changing people’s attitudes and behaviour around using plastic products to end pollution and injuries to marine life.

Danielle Turner (lead educator) with Dillen (3) and Brodie (6 months) Tutton.

School owner Samantha Morrell said staff were encouraging children to get their families to reuse instead of re-buying plastic products, with an onus on drink bottles and plastic bags.

“We believe in teaching our children the importance of protecting our environment, and how small everyday practices can make a big difference in doing this,” she said.

“We believe sustainable practices are evident in our service and children are encouraged to reuse, reduce and recycle as a natural part of their day.

“We are going to use big plastic water bottles (2L) to make our own compost system so the children can watch what happens to it day after day, and we will be making bottles full of plastic items so they can see how these items never disappear, unlike the fruit or vegetables in the compost bottles.”

To further help educate children about the importance of keeping rubbish and plastic to a minimum, Mrs Morrell said the school also created sensory cards with beach, park, playground and city themes without rubbish for them to identify the beauty in pollution-free environments.

Mellissa Gillott (lead educator) with Eli Ross (7 months).

Staff also created cards opposite to that with toy animals trapped in plastic wrappers and bags, and where beaches are of plastic rubbish to emote feelings and emotion around pollution in the world.

To get involved in the Earth Day campaign, visit earthday.org.

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