Plastic pollution is one of the biggest growing threats to the Cyclades, with toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways, oceans and the environment as a whole. Millions of tons of plastic are discarded each year with a very small percent of it getting recycled, and most of it ending in dumps and seas.
In Greece the situation of plastic pollution is very disappointing, and especially catastrophic in the Cyclades Islands due to vast tourism traffic, which generates enormous levels of waste during the summer. This fact, combined with the almost non-existent recycling services in most of the islands, makes the situation very alarming and requires immediate action at all levels.
The new law adopted by the European Parliament regarding the “banning of single use plastic by 2021” is an opportunity that if wisely implemented by the residents and tourists on the islands will greatly contribute to the reduction of plastic waste!
This policy is also an opportunity for all of us to reconsider our daily waste consumption and management routines, and to reposition these within the circular economy model.
Children are the ideal starting point of initiating new approaches. They are not only the future guardians of the planet, but are also instrumental influencing their social environment (teachers, families, friends). So, the main objective of the project ME AND MY PLASTIC is to introduce more “plastic free behaviours” within the circular economy model, through:
A.) Educating on the “history” of plastic in an easy and playful way, by discussing its various uses, how these have out of control and what citizens should do about it.
B.) Informing school communities of the new environmental legislation, so that they comply with EU management waste policies and are informed about the single-use plastic products that will gradually be banned by 2021.
C.) Encouraging the adoption of new daily routines within a reduced ecological footprint and introducing a sustainable waste consumption and management attitude through the 4R concept (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle).
To this end, we are very proud to support the development of an integrated Environmental Education and Awareness program consisting of:
1.The publication of a Greek children’s book , with our partner Nefeli Publishing House
2. The development of an Environmental Education Project, with its pilot implementation taking place in a selection of school in the Cyclades with our partner OPUS -CULTURE
All primary schools of the Cyclades are invited to join the program for free, and to obtain copies of the book for their school libraries. Contact our partner OPUS CULTURE to learn more.
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD AND REACH MORE CHILDREN!
Contact us if you are keen to “adopt” this program and support its expansion to more islands and schools in the Cyclades.