Citizen Science Plastics Project

Plastics are now part of everyday life. Toothbrushes, credit cards, phones, toys, machine parts and packaging are all made of plastic. However, a third of the plastic we use is purposely designed to be disposable, that is, thrown away. In fact, these single-use plastics, like water bottles and plastic bags, are generally used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

In The Bahamas, most of our plastics are discarded in landfills, where they take a very long time to decompose, leak pollutants into the soil and water table, take up useful space, attract pests and pose a health risk for communities. A significant quantity of plastic also ends up in the sea, circulating around the world on currents. There is approximately 100 million tons of plastic debris floating around in the oceans, threatening the health and safety of marine life.

So far, there has been no easy solution to the plastics problem. Action is therefore needed on a range of scales to address the degradation of Earth’s oceans and shorelines by plastic debris. Join us as we act to address this issue!

Schools are invited to participate in the Eco-Schools Bahamas Citizen Science Project which will take place during the 2016-17 academic year with the support of the Lyford Cay Foundation.

There are just a few spaces left. Contact [email protected] or (242)-327-9000 by December 16, 2016, to participate.