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>> KAY BURLEY: Hello there, I’m Kay Burley reporting for Sky News. We have an important Sky News exclusive. We head now to Studio One at Sky Academy Skills Studios.

>> JOSIE:  Good afternoon and welcome to Sky News my name is Josie.

>> KIERA: And my name is Kiera. And in today’s report we will be talking about Sky’s Ocean Rescue and the fight to save our oceans.

>> JOSIE:  Did you know that every minute the equivalent of a rubbish truck of plastic is dumped into the sea.

>> KIERA:  That’s so shocking. So what can we do about this?

MALE VOICEOVER: 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic pollution each year.

FEMALE VOICEOVER:  Recent studies have suggested that there might be 80% more plastics on beaches than scientists previously thought.

MALE VOICEOVER: Ocean support of life on earth. Scientists think that over 70% of our oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton.

MALE VOICEOVER: Plastic bottles are the third worst plastic polluter of the ocean and more than thirteen billion single use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year.

>> JOSIE: It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our environment and look after our globe.

>> KIERA: Bangladesh were the first country in the world to ban all plastic bags in hopes of reducing the plastic pollution on the environment.

>> JOSIE: The UK is not far behind from introducing the 5p charge for plastic bags, however, is this enough?

>> KIERA: Shaw Wood Academy students in Armthorpe, Doncaster got together and decided enough is enough. Year six’s pledge was to reduce the plastic bag usage and to do this they only used fabric bags for ten months.

>> JOSIE: Think about what you could do at home to put an end to this plastic pollution now.

>> KIERA: Stay watching as Ethan will be speaking later to experts in the report.

>> JOSIE: Now, however, to Lily reporting live from Perranporth Beach. Goodbye.

>> KIERA: Goodbye.


>> LILY: Thank you Kiera and Josie for that. Hello, my name is Lily reporting live from Perranporth Beach. I will be continuing the topic of plastic pollution from two very different opinions. But first let’s head over to A.J for more.

>> MALE VOICEOVER: Plastic bottles are third worst plastic polluter of all the ocean and more than thirteen billion single use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year. 40% of Europe’s plastics are only used once and then thrown away.

>> LILY: Joining is me is Lucy from Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy and Brodie who isn’t interested in plastic pollution. Thank you both for being here. So let’s ask the first question to Lucy. Firstly, congratulations on winning the competition tell us what your pledge was.

>> LUCY: The pledge was to reduce the amount of plastic bag usage. My class would tally up every time a plastic was being used. We managed to reach over 600 on the telly which meant we reused plastic bags many more times than expected. Therefore significantly reducing the amount of plastic bag used.

>> LILY: And Brodie why are you so against saving our oceans?

>> BRODIE: I’m not against saving our oceans but I am one guy, how can we make a difference? Plus big companies need to make change first. They have more influence in our world than me. It might sound selfish but the plastic in the ocean isn’t really affecting me. Plastic is everywhere and we can’t avoid it.

>> LILY: Well thank you both. That’s all we have time for. Let’s head over to Ethan interviewing experts. Goodbye.


>> ETHAN: Thank you Lily and welcome back to Sky News. My name is Ethan and we are still talking all about plastic pollution. Now we are talking all about the effects of plastic on marine life.

>> FEMALE VOICEOVER: Once thrown away plastics break down into tiny fragments called microplastics that are already found most on the world’s beaches.

>> MALE VOICEOVER: And scientists think there are 500 times more microplastics in our seas than the stars in our galaxy.

>> ETHAN: Right now I’m here joined by two experts who are-, we have a marine biologist Amy and we are also joined by a scientist Professor Jojo. Jojo what has happened to the marine animals and how is the use of plastic bags had an impact on the oceans?

>> JOJO: Well did you know that 100,000 species of marine animals are being killed by plastic pollution every year? I mean 100,000.

>> EHTAN: Wait imagine how many turtles. [CRYING].

>> JOJO: Did you know that only 1% of plastic bags are actually recycled. It’s terrible.

>> ETHAN: So how can we actually reduce the use of plastic bags?

>> AMY: Well I think we can actually put leaflets into plastic bags to show the dangers of these bags to the environment. We have already seen that raising the price of them has helped and it has caused a decrease in the amount of bags used.

>> ETHAN: So how can we teach the younger generation about the problem with plastic pollution? Can we help them save the planet for the future?

>> AMY: Well we have spoken to Shaw Wood Academy who have made a pledge to reduce their use of plastic bags which has led them to win a competition with Sky Studios and the Premier League.

>> JOJO: Oh yes, I have heard of that too. I believe they started a tally in their school to see who would use a fabric bag instead of a plastic bag in order to help the environment.

>> ETHAN: Thank you so much to both of my guests we have had a great time here and we thank you all at home for watching. We do hope you’ve learnt something. Now you can turn off the TV. Goodbye.


>> KAY BURLEY: Thanks to the team at Sky Academy Skills Studios that’s the end of our special report. I’m Kay Burley, thank you for watching.