HAPPY EARTH FESTIVAL – SLAM DUNK THE JUNK

By: Heidi Kilian

It’s Earth Day tomorrow! 

This week our uShaka Sea World education team participated in the Happy Earth Festival at the KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg.   This annual Earth Day celebration provides an opportunity to educate learners and public about environmental topics.

Our education team set up a litter display, highlighting the effect it has on the marine environment. Bringing marine specimens to a garden environment had many intrigued, and the table was buzzing with learners interested in the ocean blue display.  Our Earth Day message was simple – “Slam dunk the junk”- make sure your litter goes in the bin.  This will ensure litter does not end up in the sea where it harms marine life.

 

Thandi the Turtle and the uShaka Sea World educators had many learners shocked when they learnt how everyday items can impact marine animals. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, as two learners per school had the opportunity to compete against each other to “Slam Dunk” 3 plastic bottles into the bin, to see who could get the most in.  This activity brought great excitement while learning an important message.

How will you be celebrating Earth Day?