Review: Oceans of plastic: understanding and solving a pollution problem

Plastic often seems to be found everywhere, and it equals pollution, especially when it’s in the ocean.

In Oceans of Plastic readers will uncover a wealth of information about the the importance of our oceans, the issue of plastics, and how to help solve plastic pollution problems.

All presented in ten chapters, with glossary and further information recommendations.

There are staggering statistics, such as the fact more pieces of plastic are estimated to be in the ocean than stars visible in the milky way!

Ocean ecosystems are explained and explored, with excellent diagrams. And animals are celebrated with creature feature spotlights (turtles, albatross, and others).

It shares information on ‘science in action’ including magnetic fields used for navigation, and ‘communities in action’ making efforts to change the future and deal with the plastic problem. One example being a student who developed a natural, degradable bioplastic material, and other examples of citizen scientist projects and plastic-free activity alternatives.

Oceans of Plastic is carefully designed to make it easy for students to identify and follow concepts, and is accompanied by photographs.

Highly recommended, especially as a fantastic resource for school assignments, and for inspiration about how we can make a difference in big and little ways.

Teachers’ notes are available on the publisher’s website

Title: Oceans of plastic: understanding and solving a pollution problem
Author: Tracey Gray
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing, $29.99
Publication Date: June 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781486312573
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-Fiction

August 8, 2022 at 12:51PM Shaye Wardrop