OASES has been given funding from the East Durham Rural Corridor AAP to educate school children about the environmental and social impact of plastic use and guide them into being able to make more sustainable choices about resource consumption. To achieve this, OASES has begun work with three schools in County Durham, with each child also being involved in gaining the John Muir Award through the project. This involves the children ‘Discovering’, ‘Exploring’ and ‘Conserving’ a wild place and then ‘Sharing’ their experiences.
Each school will be discovering and exploring their own wild place through a range of activities aimed at enabling the children to really explore and engage with their wild place. The children will then participate in an interviewing-type session, where they will work collaboratively with older members of the local community to learn about what life was like before single-use plastic, with the aim of developing ideas about making more sustainable choices in the future. To conserve their wild place, the children and the volunteers will work together to carry out a litter pick and will learn about the impacts of plastic waste on local wildlife.
Following this, the children will create sculptures of British wildlife from clean waste plastic and information boards to summarise what they have learned. Their creations will then be shared in a showcase assembly to the rest of their school towards the end of the project, with an aim of increasing awareness to their peers.