Addressing the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans requires two things: stopping more plastic from entering the ocean and removing the pollution that is already there.

This requires us to think about large pieces of plastic as well as microplastics and nurdles, surface pollution as well as that which has sunk to the deepest parts of the ocean and what to do with the plastic that is removed from the oceans.

Look at the UK’s 25 Year Environmental Plan at the end of the section. Create your own 25 year ‘life below water’ plan with approximately five key targets for all countries to work towards. Think about how to make the targets realistic and measurable. Include verbs such as develop, reduce, dedicate and restrict. An extension activity could be to note the changes you would expect to see as a result of each of the targets.

Find out more about this subject by reading our Life Below Water classroom resource.