Brazil: raising awareness of plastic pollution

Over 300 young people were welcomed aboard the Plastic Odyssey during the stopover in Recife, Brazil. But who are these children and where do they come from?

Providing access to knowledge about plastics

Known for the vastness of its territory, Brazil is also a place of social disparity, where the most underprivileged live in the “communidad”, also known as “favelas”, alongside the immense towers housing a more affluent population.

Social disparity is also reflected in education.
Our mission, during visits to the stopover, is to give as many people as possible access to knowledge about plastic pollution and possible alternatives. This means ensuring that we welcome a diverse range of visitors, giving everyone the chance to learn more about the subject and discuss their plastic consumption habits. We try to maintain this diversity of welcome at each stopover, depending on the opportunities we encounter locally.

The vessel, the perfect teaching tool

In Recife, Brazil, we were able to welcome children from different backgrounds, from private and public schools, with and without knowledge of plastic pollution, including young people from the Pequenos Profetas community. For most of them, it was the first time they’d been on a ship, and they enjoyed the experience, even though they were staying alongside.

These visits of the vessel help explain our actions around the world, from plastic reduction to recycling. But it’s also an opportunity to show what life is like on board, show the common areas and answer any questions.

In parallel with the visits, we collect data through forms that contribute to research into plastic-related behavior and habits, carried out in collaboration with a committee of scientists. This helps us to better understand the place of plastics in each country.

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