In this film, middle school youth explore the meaning of marine debris, bioaccumulation and what we can do to help. The film has three parts: an introduction to the marine debris crisis, a progressive white board drawing demonstrating how micro-plastic impacts the food chain, and some light hearted suggestions of how the average viewer can make a difference. It ends with a heartfelt plea from the young filmmakers to all generations to care for our oceans.
In June 2014, nine middle school students from across Alaska spent eight days aboard the Babkin Marine Research Vessel in Prince William Sound as part of a trip organized by the Chugach Children’s Forest, a partnership between the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic. The students engaged in hands-on learning about a range of topics including oceanography, plant ecology, fisheries and issues facing the Sound such as lingering oil from the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill and coastal accumulation of marine debris. The youth produced multimedia research projects on a variety of these topics – this is one of their videos!
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