Film: Eastlea Primary School
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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 Skill Studios.
>> KIA: Good afternoon welcome to Sky News my name is Kia.
>> SCARLETT: And my name is Scarlett and in today’s report we will be talking about Sky Ocean Rescue and the fight to save our oceans.
>> KIA: Did you know that every minute the equivalent of a rubbish truck of plastic is dumped into the oceans?
>> SCARLETT: That is shocking. Over to Alisa who is with Mr. Murray a premier league representative. Can you hear us?
>> ALISA: Yes, I can hear you. I am joined by Mr. Murray who started the partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue. So what made you want to do this?
>> MR MURRAY: Well we are extremely proud to be joining Sky on this venture to save our oceans and marine life. I felt that we have such a large following it was our responsibility to get involved.
>> ALISA: That’s great. And what advice do you give people at home who want to make a change?
>> MR MURRAY: Refuse, reduce and reuse plastic. The world will benefit from it later.
>> ALISA: Excellent. You heard it here, get involved and put a stop to plastic.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: Plastics in the ocean kill more than a million seabirds every year and more than 1,000 marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. Students at Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington, Northumberland have gotten together to make games out of plastic tops in an effort to do something with the plastic that is already there. Recent studies have suggested that there might be 80% more plastic on beaches than scientists previously thought.
>> KIA: It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our environment and look after our globe.
>> SCARLETT: The students at Eastlea Primary School decided enough is enough and have created fun games out of plastic bottle tops.
>> KIA: So think about what you can do to help our world be a better place.
>> SCARLETT: Stay watching as Chloe will be speaking to experts for more on this report.
>> KIA: That’s all from us now over to Justin reporting live from London. Goodbye.
>> SCARLETT: Goodbye.
>> JUSTIN: Thank you all. Hi, I am Justin from Sky News and you know our top story today is looking at plastic pollution.
MALE VOICEOVER: When asked about plastic I do use a lot of plastic but so does everyone else. I don’t see how it can make a difference, I’m only one person.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: Another person said it’s terrible that our actions are causing and death for innocent creatures. I now refuse to use plastic drinking straws or bottles. Even small actions are important.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: So David Attenborough has said plastic is now found everywhere in the ocean. From its surface to its greatest depths. Never before we have been so aware of what we are doing to our planet and never before have we had such power to do something about it.
>> JUSTIN: Plastic can destroy marine life. Plastic is not only toxic to animals but for humans too. Maybe also bad for our environment. Many people experience a variety of emotions when it comes to plastic pollution. Some people feel anxious, others feel helpless, others simply shrug their shoulders because they do not feel it is a big deal. For more on this I am handing on to Maisie with two eye witnesses.
>> MAISIE: Thank you Justin. Hi, I’m Maisie reporting for Sky News and joined with leading environmentalist Mackenzie and our local high teacher Molly. Thank you for joining me.
>> MOLLY: Thanks for having me.
>> MACKENZIE: Glad to be here.
>> MAISIE: So what are your thoughts on plastic pollution?
>> MOLLY: Plastic pollution is horrendous because people don’t know that it’s killing the marine life and as a head teacher I would like to preserve to recycle for my students.
>> MACKENZIE: I think it is awful. Marine life is being destroyed.
>> MAISIE: Maybe people think that plastic issues is too big of a problem to solve. Do you agree?
>> MACKENZIE: Absolutely not, there is always something we can do to make a difference.
>> MOLLY: I agree.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: My school have recently made a pledge to stop plastic pollution and we’ve also made maths games for the whole entire school using milk bottle tops. The whole school got into this. We made sats buddies using plastic bottles to help the Essex students keep calm and focus.
>> MACKENZIE: That’s my point exactly. We can all do something to help.
>> MAISIE: Thank you both for your time and your valued opinions. That’s all from me. Now back to Chloe in the studios.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: There is an estimated five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans with eight million tonnes of plastic ending up in the ocean every year. It never decomposes and will remain there forever.
FEMALE VOICEOVER: The National History Museum has said it will stop selling single use plastic water bottles as part of efforts to reduce pollution of the world’s oceans. Director of Science at the museum said it is vital that scientific institutions like the museum lead the way in the fight to understand and protect the natural world.
>> CHLOE: Thank you Maisie. Hello, my name is Chloe reporting live from our studios in London. I will be continuing the discussion on ocean rescue with two very special guests but first let’s head over to our on location reporter Alana for more.
>> ALANA: Thank you Chloe. I am reporting live from Blyth Beach. I am here to talk more on plastic pollution. We only have one ocean no matter where we live. We all depend on our ocean for the food we eat to the air we breathe. Did you know that up to 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean? If nothing changes by 2050 all of the plastic in the world’s oceans could weigh more than all the fishes. We need to act now but back into the studio.
>> CHLOE: With me in the studio we have Lucy the head teacher of Eastlea Primary School and Grace an underwater camera operator. Thank you both for joining me. So let’s ask the first question to Grace, your job sounds really exciting do you really see plastic affecting marine life?
>> GRACE: Yes, I do. And it’s very sad. Every time I dive, I see plastic floating everywhere. Not only that but I see plastic eaten by the sea creatures because they mistake it for food. Plastic also traps marine life which kills them. Seeing this in person is really sad. Did you know that plastic also affects our health too? Because we eat seafood like fish.
>> CHLOE: Wow. You see your schoolmate change with an amazing pledge, how effective is it to introduce this into primary schools?
>> LUCY: I think it is extremely important to teach our students early on the importance of saving our environment. Through recycling and reducing single use plastic our pledge was to recycle and reduce bottle tops and the bottle tops were used as math games like this. And bottles were used as life-size igloos. This was a fun pledge really made the ocean rescue much more fun.
>> CHLOE: Excellent. You both make very interesting points. Unfortunately we have come to the end of the report. Join us again tomorrow. Goodbye.
>> KAY BURLEY: Thanks to the team at Sky Academy Skill Studios. That’s the end of our special report. I’m Kay Burley, thank you for watching.