Help Us Educate

Plastic Oceans
Student Outreach Program

In the past 12 months we have directly presented to over 12,000 students in Canada, and indirectly in excess of another 30,000!

The younger generation is the best equipped to heal our planet.

Plus, they’re the ones who have to deal with the state of our earth 20-30 years from now.

We visit schools all over Canada to educate youth and bring them up to date on the health of our oceans.

Our outreach program consists of the following:

A screening of the Plastic Oceans film (we have an education guide that’s a perfect companion for this movie)

Discussion on ocean and plastic facts (supplemented with infographics and social visuals)

Conversation on how everyone affects the rate of change

Thorough description on our beach clean-up initiative

Want us to come to your school?

Support Plastic Oceans Canada with our “School Education Campaign”

We have created multiple short versions of the award-winning feature documentary A Plastic Ocean that can be implemented into a 1 hour workshop or as part of a multi-lesson plan. Our graphically engaging educational guide, efficiently and effectively introduces the problem of plastic pollution, encourages students, of all learning groups and ages, to rethink plastic and engages students to creatively think of solutions.

In our global work with the film, A Plastic Ocean, we reached hundreds of thousands of school children all over the world – throughout 70 countries and in over 17 languages. Students around the world are learning about our social problems and creatively developing solutions

Plastic Oceans Canada would like to encourage Canadian educators and students to be part of this global movement to solve our Ocean Plastic Pollution problem. Help us educate our next generation!

Start your own campaign! Here are some downloadable resources:

Education Programs & Educational Guide

We are continuing to develop  new short films focusing on solutions with educational curriculum.

Students around the world are learning about our social problems and creatively developing solutions.  Plastic Oceans Canada wants to encourage Canadian Students to be part of this global movement to solve plastic pollution. We are thrilled to hear from students from every part of the globe about how our A Plastic Ocean educational program inspired them to create change in their communities and schools.

In our global work with the film, A Plastic Ocean, we reached hundreds of thousands of school children all over the world – throughout 70 countries and in over 17 languages. Our outreach program inspired many, but we also received feedback that the message was often overwhelming and/or too sad for some young students under 12 years old. They either couldn’t relate to the material or couldn’t understand it, or quite simply were depressed by such imagery as seals entangled in nets, dying whales, or plastic debris being pulled from the stomachs of dead sea birds. 

Our wonderful young cast (L to R): Mackenzie, Chyann, Cooper and Armando.

Where the younger audience was concerned, it was clear to us that the negative perspective only instilled fear and limited the capacity to think of alternative actions or ideas to solve our problems.  Therefore, we are taking an approach that focuses on the positive and on simplifying the message – resulting, we hope, in a short film that will be relatable and better comprehended by a younger audience.

New Youth-Based Short Film

Our team at Plastic Oceans has produced a new short film for kids, aged 5 to 10 years old.

The film and supplemental document provide a powerful new impact program that is designed to empower young viewers as individuals and show them that they do have the ability to create positive change.

Through easy-to-follow facts and real-life examples of creating change, we’ll communicate to viewers that there are no actions too small and no person too young to start making a difference. In short, we all can – and should – be part of the solution to the problem of plastic pollution. 

Watch the film here!

Without a doubt, A Plastic Ocean carries a powerful message – both the feature-length and the short versions.

There is indeed a reason that David Attenborough referred to it as one of the most important films of our time!

All donations to Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada are tax deductible, your mailing address is required for a valid tax receipt. Cheques can be mailed to: Ian Merkel, Treasurer: Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada, 57 East 26th Ave, Vancouver BC Canada V5V 2G6