The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Cool Seas Roadshow, which PlasticsEurope is a partner of, consists in giving fun, inspirational conservation presentations to primary schools throughout the UK.
The Cool Seas Roadshow introduces primary school classes to the UK’s amazing marine wildlife, explaining the spectacular lives of some our biggest sea creatures such as whales and basking sharks, and revealing the secretive habits of some of our smaller and lesser known seabed creatures such as the pink sea fan coral. Andy also carefully explains the threats these creatures face and through interactive role-play demonstrates how we can all play our part help to ensure their survival.
“Most children don’t know that we get turtles in our cool seas, and that they come here to eat jellyfish,” said Andy, “So when I explain that these turtles sometimes eat floating plastic bags by mistake, which can block their guts and starve the turtles to death, they suddenly realise how important it is to dispose of their litter responsibly.”
The MCS Cool Seas Roadshow has been touring since 2006 and in that time has presented to tens of thousands of children and adults at schools and public events throughout the UK and Ireland about marine wildlife and ocean litter facts. This project stopped by the end of 2013. Since then, new educational initiatives by MCS have been developed.
The Roadshow also leaves a suite of learning materials with all participating schools. Each child receives a free Cool Seas Activity Book, each class receives a Cool Seas Poster and each school receives a collection of Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) books, with more information, games and curriculum-linked activities on the Cool Seas web pages.