Coast Watchers is a new project from the Bookend Trust to help schools and other groups investigate the pressing issue of marine litter. We're offering three separate but linked ways to get into it. We've just launched a new website to hold all the goodies... adventure, action, learning, fun. Over the next 12 months you can:
- Follow 'Team Clean' on their annual South West Marine Debris Cleanup in Tasmania from 18th-26th February 2017. Matt Dell organises a group of volunteers on this extreme version of a beach cleanup. We're sending down teacher Pat Spiers to report back to classrooms and share in the geography and science that will flow from the team's hard toil.
- Use the website resources to organise your own coastal cleanup. We're collating digital, printable and watchable resources to help you plan a successful cleanup and then dump (upload) your rubbish data back onto the site to share with others.
- Do specially developed classroom lessons in the science and geography curriculum areas.
This is a big issue and we're not alone in getting active. Our partner organisations, such as Tangaroa Blue, have excellent resources which we'll use as well. Members of our education team, including Team Clean volunteers, will be able to join some beach cleanups around our home base of Tassie and offer Skype presentations throughout the year to those further afield.