Study showed that after using online tools and multimedia, teachers and students said they felt more knowledgeable and willing to take action.
Finding a solution to the causes and impacts of marine litter is now widely recognised as one of the major environmental challenges of our time. And one of the key elements required to address the issue is encouraging people of all ages to move away from the current throwaway culture.
Now research led by the University of Plymouth has revealed that designing systematic and innovative education tools to teachers and students can make a significant and positive contribution to their understanding of the problem – and their willingness to do something about it.
The study, published in Marine Policy, was a collaboration with the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development in Greece and the Coastal and Marine Union in The Netherlands.
It is the first quantitative assessment of European students’ and educators’ attitudes to marine litter before and after participating in an online educational project designed to raise awareness and inspire action in the younger generation.
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