Make it your New Year’s Resolution to join the plastic pollution revolution!

A group of Year 9 Gillotts School students have channelled their energy and passion into joining the plastic pollution revolution and invite you to join them this New Year!

Working alongside the Education Team at the River & Rowing Museum, the group devoted 12 hours to complete the volunteering section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The issue which they felt most passionate about was plastic pollution and the impact it is having on our waterways and oceans. Using charity websites, the group researched key questions around this issue and planned how to display their findings in the Community Gallery at the Museum.

The students created all the elements for their display using different artistic techniques, screenprinting the river, handcrafting the animals as well as painting the land and sea to create a display which is not only eye catching and colourful, but also highly informative and emotive.

The purpose of the display is to incite behavioural change amongst visitors of the Museum and to highlight the impact of negative behaviour – in this case plastic pollution – on the environment. Visitors are encouraged to make a ‘plastic pollution resolution’ for 2020 to help reduce plastic waste.

Helen Cook, Head of Learning, River & Rowing Museum: “The students demonstrated a real passion around this issue – and it’s an issue which is highly relevant to us at the River & Rowing Museum. I would invite everyone to come to see the display and join the plastic revolution by making a plastic resolution for 2020.”

The group welcomed their families at a special private view to celebrate their work and the installation of their campaign, which will be on display in the Community Gallery at the River & Rowing Museum until 19 January 2020.

To join the plastic revolution, share your plastic resolution with us on Twitter @river_rowing and shout about #plasticrevolution

Gillotts students’ campaign on display until 19 January 2020