Blog – One in five UK children have never seen the sea…

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Yet the young people that we work with at Solutions for the Planet in the landlocked cities of Bradford, inner-city London and Birmingham have a strong bond and passion towards the worlds oceans and how they can help to clean them of pollution. As Tom Franklyn, an inner-city primary school teacher who founded City Kids Surfing, said: “We’re never going run to out of inner-city children, but we are going to run out of clean, pure ocean. If we put the two together, what a combination that would be, what a powerful force. We’re trying to come up with a truly humanitarian approach to ocean sustainability. Helping these kids fall in love with the sea is a vital first step in safeguarding our planet’s future.”

However, these young people also need to fall in love with their local rivers and green spaces. We need to ensure our inner city young people are able to see the contentedness of their planet.  However discarded plastic, food wrappers and polystyrene cups are threatening wildlife across Britain, including in our rivers.

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The trouble is, litter dropped on land, often ends up in our rivers and then drifts out to sea resulting in ocean pollution which harms land, river and marine life. There isn’t a part of our landscape that litter isn’t reaching. rivers are acting as highways for our rubbish, transporting rubbish from streets to sea. Stopping plastic reach the rivers in the first-place means working with communities where they live and showing how they can make a difference locally even to the Ocean that may be many miles away.

Claire Fitton
Big Ideas Programme Coordinator

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd