Schoolchildren were asked to draw pictures of how they imagine the world’s oceans to be in 2070 – and the pictures were filled with plastic pollution and dead fish
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These chilling drawings show a bleak glimpse of the world’s polluted oceans in the future – seen through the eyes of a child.
Schoolchildren have been invited to draw pictures of what they think the world’s oceans would be like by 2070 – and they make for a daunting sight.
Youngsters filled the pictures with plastic and rubbish, as well as creatures consuming the rubbish in the sea.
It comes after a survey of 1,091 children aged seven to 11 found that six in ten are “concerned” about the future of the ocean and 58% want to do more to protect the planet.
Almost two-thirds (62%) of those concerned about the ocean are afraid fish will go extinct if we don’t do something to save our seas, and another half (52%) are afraid whales will get sick .
The research was commissioned by BRITA in collaboration with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) to launch Dougie Poynter’s latest children’s book The Whale Watchers.
The book aims to educate children about the importance of whales to the ecosystem and small steps everyone can take to help – like reducing single-use plastic.
Other top concerns shared by children are the ocean that is swamping us (51%) and not being able to see a certain species before they die (46%).
And youngsters are already highlighting the changes they want to see to save the seas and the planet – with 54% saying we should stop dumping waste into our waters.
Others think we should turn wind and water into electricity (41%) and learn about the importance of the underwater ecosystem in school (39%).
Another 59% are concerned about plastic pollution affecting whales – as 85% believe the giant underwater mammals are important to the ocean’s ecosystem.
Stopping using single-use bottles, participating in beach clean-ups and reusing plastic items are some of the ways the children believe they can save whales from plastic pollution.
Musician and children’s author Dougie said: “It’s great to see so many kids want to be like Finn, he’s the character I really relate to.
“Finn is pretty depressed about the plastic pollution issue, which is what I do and I need a little cheering up every now and then like he does.
“But it’s the little stories of triumph and help in leading change that really restore my faith.
“I wrote this book because I really wanted to create a fictional story with facts that the reader can absorb, learn, and carry on for the rest of their lives.
“This is how I learned about the natural environment growing up, and I hope this story will inspire those who will change the world in the future.”
The survey also revealed that these youngsters are concerned about the ocean and believe it will be an average of 26 years before it is too late to save the sea from permanent damage.
And half were frustrated they couldn’t do more to help the planet.
This concern is further confirmed as children reported finding plastic bags (59%), plastic bottles (57%) and food wrappers (48%) when visiting the beach.
But happily, almost two-thirds (63%) have learned something about climate change – 35% at school and 23% online.
And every tenth person even got to know the topics in a fictional fairy tale book.
Children are the most likely to talk to their parents about climate change and have asked them to recycle more (42%), use less plastic (40%) and take reusable bags to go shopping (38%).
One in three would even like their parents to change their diet, according to OnePoll data.
Rebecca Widdowson, a spokeswoman for BRITA UK, added: “We’re really passionate about reducing single-use plastics and supporting a more sustainable culture of reuse – so it’s encouraging to see so many children learning about climate change at school .
“We want to continue to inspire children in meaningful and engaging ways, raising funds for our long-time charity partner WDC and supporting them in their important work to protect the oceans for generations to come.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/children-draw-oceans-future-pollution-27339104 Creepy drawings show a bleak look into the future of the oceans - through children's eyes