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Plastic Pollution Young Explorers Challenge

If we do not act now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. The task of reversing plastic pollution is enormous. What if we joined forces to make a collective impact? Plastic Odyssey is challenging the young inhabitants of the Mediterranean. All aboard!

This challenge is open to every young people who live in a Mediterranean coastal country. Are you a teacher? You can also sign up your classes so they enter the challenge!

Plastic: an almost invisible enemy

All over the world, people have become accustomed to using plastic and then throwing it away. In our homes, our clothes, our mobile phones, our cars … we use plastic everywhere and for everything, so that today we don’t even notice it. However, once it is thrown away, plastic creates many problems. Too rarely recycled, it seeps into the water we drink, the air we breathe, or the land that feeds us.
But who makes the connection between the mountains of rubbish we see on television and the plastic objects we use every day?
Plastic, which pollutes our environment, has become invisible, almost banal, so ingrained in our daily lives that we forget to ask ourselves how it got there, whether it is really useful to us, and what will happen to it once it is thrown away.

Your mission: observe, investigate, testify … explore everyday life!

At the end of the year, the ship Plastic Odyssey will sail around the world for 3 years to find solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. While waiting for the big departure, the team invites young people from around the Mediterranean to take part in this great adventure by putting on the explorer’s suit in their region. Where is the plastic around us? Why do we use it? And who inherits it when we throw it away? Plastic Odyssey invites young people to investigate and share their findings! The contributions of the young participants will be highlighted in an exhibition on board the Plastic Odyssey, which will travel to 30 countries over a period of 3 years.

How does it work?

Step 1 : Investigate and send in your findings on one of these three themes:

Plastics in my daily life

What are the plastic objects that surround us in our daily lives, in what context are they used, for what purpose? What are they used for, who uses them, who sells them, who makes them? Are there “invisible” plastics in our homes?

Behind the waste, women and men

What happens to our plastic objects once we have finished using them? Where do they go? Who are the people who collect them, who recycle them, or who unwittingly inherit them?

Alternatives of plastics

Are there alternatives to plastic in my region, made by local craftsmen? What are they? How did people do it before plastic came along?

Step 2 : Send your findings in the form of photos, videos, audio or text to the Plastic Odyssey Explorers

  • You have until June 22 to send your contributions (click here)
  • The contributions will be studied by a jury of explorers, and each contributor will receive advice by email on how to continue the investigation.
  • The 3 most original contributions will receive an explorer’s briefcase.
  • Results will be announced and prizes sent out on July 4, 2022.

Do you need help?

You can contact the Young Reporter for the Environment Challenge team directly:

plasticexplorers@plasticodyssey.org

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