The Environmental Education Initiative in marine plastic pollution, funded by the EfD Global Hub and implemented by the EfD Chile center, was one of the projects shown on August 18 at the TV show Exploradores (Explorers).
With the aim of improving school student's and parent's knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) regarding the consumption and disposal of plastics, Chile EfD researchers Marcela Jaime and César Salazar in cooperation with the Chilean Ministry of Environment designed and implemented an environmental education program on marine plastic pollution with value-laded content, targeting 1,058 fourth grade students from the public, subsidized, and private schools.
EfD researcher Marcela Jaime was interviewed on Chilean TV
According to Marcela Jaime, EfD Chile Center Director and affiliated to the CAPES Research Center, “we are thrilled that the media has an interest in showing the public these kinds of initiatives because it has a profound impact in widening the reach of this project and helps reduce the gap of access to knowledge".
In addition, Marcela indicates that “we know how important it is to educate our children in the care of the environment, and it is known that the younger they are, the more they acquire these values. That is why we are really proud of the results of this policy".
You can watch the full episode here! (in Spanish)
About the Environmental Education Project
The intervention considered a random selection of 30 schools, public, subsidized, and private, whose students received special training on the marine plastic pollution problem and the extent to which we could contribute with its solution in our daily life.
You can read more about this project here.
The Environmental Educational Project is part of The Sustainable Management of Coastal Marine Resources (CMaR) Program. The CMaR program focuses on the interface between land and ocean and how ecological and social aspects influence the vulnerable (women, youth) population's welfare. Besides, the program aims to provide useful policy advice by having a good understanding of the institutions supporting coastal socio-ecological systems. If you want to know more about the CMaR Program, please click here.
By Monserrat Quezada and Cristóbal Vásquez