Individually we were asked to list all the items we consume (use) and dispose of (throw away) in a typical week. We thought of things such as paper and food scraps to plastic yoghurt pots and plastic bags. Then we shared the items with the group and posted them on the board. Abbie then revealed the title of the board: Marine Debris. This showed that every item we use and throw away has the potential to become marine debris - even if we don't directly throw it into the ocean, it takes a long journey to be properly disposed of, and there isn't really an "away" to throw it to... just somewhere else. That means the best thing we can do is to start at the source and try to reduce the items we use in the first place.
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GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk