Sea and Japan Project Public Relations Office
Big problem at Lake Biwa at sea! Thinking with children, “What can we do?” November 24, 2022 (Thursday)-Moriyama Municipal Kasai Elementary School/Moriyama Municipal Irigaoka Elementary School-
On November 24th, the Executive Committee of the Lake Biwa Project for Countermeasures against Marine Waste asked 5th graders (total of 8 classes) of two schools in Moriyama City to teach them about the problem of plastic waste in the sea and the surrounding environment of Lake Biwa. In order to deepen their interest by having them think about the problem together, we held a visiting class in cooperation with an environmental activity group in the prefecture.
After learning about the current state of the plastic waste problem in the ocean through an online broadcast, the children touched on the current state of Lake Biwa and thought about what actions they could take to reduce marine waste. .
This event will be held as part of the “Umi to Nihon Project: CHANGE FOR THE BLUE”, a marine litter countermeasure project promoted by The Nippon Foundation.
・Overview: Visiting classes on the plastic waste problem in the sea and Lake Biwa for fifth graders
・Schedule: November 24, 2022 (Thursday) 8:45-10:20
・Venue: Moriyama Municipal Kasai Elementary School 5th Grade Class / Moriyama Municipal Irigaoka Elementary School 5th Grade Class 3 ・Number of participants: 260 5th grade children
・Cooperating organization: NPO Biwako Hojo no Sato
What is the current state of marine plastic litter? learn with anime In order to learn about the problem of plastic waste in the sea, I watched a marine litter awareness animation (4 minutes and 30 seconds) starring the character “Yasu no Ossan Grebe”, who is a PR ambassador for marine litter in Shiga Prefecture. People were surprised to learn that 8 million tons of garbage, equivalent to 50,000 jumbo jets, end up in the ocean every year.
what would everyone do? Remote discussion via relay
Mr. Koji Yasumi, who is engaged in plastic recycling activities, was connected to each class by relay, and the current situation of marine plastic waste in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture and efforts to solve the problem were introduced. A discussion was held on the topic. The children expressed their opinions such as “cleaning up” and “trying not to generate plastic waste”, and “Mr. One of the participants commented, “I can reduce waste by taking action on my own, so I want to spread the word to various people, instead of just taking action myself.”
Name of Organization: Marine Garbage Countermeasures Lake Biwa Project Executive Committee
Activities: With the slogan “Lake Biwa and the sea are connected”, we hold educational events, product development, research and analysis, etc. with the aim of making people understand “marine garbage”, which is a problem all over the world, as their own. are being promoted in cooperation with local governments, boards of education, experts, and various business associations.
CHANGE FOR THE BLUE
In 2018, as part of the Nippon Foundation’s “Umi to Nihon Project”, the goal is to raise the awareness of society as a whole that “no more litter will be thrown into the sea” by making the problem of marine litter a personal matter for each and every citizen. This project has been underway since November 2011.
We will collaborate with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and citizens to create a marine litter reduction model and disseminate it both domestically and internationally.
The Nippon Foundation “Sea and Japan Project”
The sea supports the lives of Japanese people in various ways, and sometimes gives us peace of mind, excitement, and inspiration. This is an all-Japan project in which children and people all over the country see the current state of environmental deterioration in the sea as something that belongs to them, and spread the circle of action to pass on the sea to the future. is.
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