Funding needed for kit to educate pupils about plastic pollution dangers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:08 12 April 2018

Children with one of the tools Turn The Tide will use in schools. The seagull is filled with small bits of plastic.

Children with one of the tools Turn The Tide will use in schools. The seagull is filled with small bits of plastic.


A programme to educate schools and community groups about the problems with plastic is in need of funding.

The Times is running a Cleaner Coastlines campaign.The Times is running a Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

Volunteer group Turn The Tide Portishead aims to educate people about the harm plastic does to wildlife and the food chain.

The Times is working with the group, along with North Somerset Council, on its Cleaner Coastlines campaign to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Portishead and Clevedon from Surfers Against Sewage.

Ness Churn, from Turn The Tide, said: “Through our talks and workshops we aim to highlight actions which can be taken locally to normalise litter-picking and encourage everyone in our community to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle where they can.

“Turn The Tide has produced a presentation and wants to buy items to make it more engaging.

“The film A Plastic Ocean, produced by Jo Ruxton, a Portishead resident, is a powerful starting point for discussion about plastic litter in our schools and community groups.

“Children will also litter-pick with the Turn The Tide volunteers to experience the extent of local litter.

“After each visit, they wish to leave a book in every school library keeping the message alive.”

To provide those sessions and the equipment, Turn The Tide needs £750.

MORE: Clevedon School cracks down on plastic by ending sales of bottles.

This will help to buy books, a licence to show A Plastic Ocean, litter-pickers, a display board and posters.

Elsewhere in North Somerset, a beach clean is being hosted by Surfers Against Sewage in Clevedon on Saturday morning.

It will take place from 10-11am, at the Little Harp pub, in Elton Road, and is part of the charity’s beach spring clean.

A spokesman from the charity said: “Bags and gloves will be provided. There is no need to pre-book, just turn up.

“There is also a community beach clean box stored at the pub which is accessible to anyone who wants to use it (when the pub is open) available to everyone to use as they wish.”

To make a donation to Turn The Tide’s funding campaign, visit

You can also support the Times’ campaign by searching for Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free campaign on Facebook.

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