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The recent World Ocean Day sparked the interest of our young people about the state of our oceans.
Our oceans are often impacted by plastic pollution, with over 12 million tonnes of plastic being estimated to be dumped in the ocean every year.
Many of our seas have been made dirty by sewage releases directly into the water. greatly impacting the delicate ecosystems. Only 14% of our rivers have a ‘good’ eco status!
This week we asked our primary and secondary students the same question: “Do you care about our waterways and seas being clean?“
Their voice was clear, perhaps our waters should be too.
"We cannot throw our waste into the world of wild life. If we look after them they will look after us. We need one another. We have to come up with a different solution rather then throwing sewage in our rivers and seas."
"It's a disgrace that the government doesn't hold these water companies to account. They are making money by cutting corners."
"The water companies should be held responsible for dumping sewage. I think the owners are responsible, not the workers, but the decision-makers who decide to pollute."
Thank you so much to two of our Impact Partners for their responses to what the children said.
Jessica Jones, Living Seas Manager at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, who are a charity that works to protect and promote healthy ecosystems through campaigning and practical conservation work.
Ali Naulls, Community and Engagement Lead for Plastics Pollution at the Rivers Trust, who are an umbrella organisations for river trusts across the country who are working towards protecting and improving rivers and their catchment areas.