The Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge!
Hello, and welcome to our Guinness World Record attempt.
'Plastic Bottles seem harmless enough, they are convenient and disposable - or are they? In Fact here in Britain we are making a difference, with initiatives taken by our local councils, although less than half our plastic bottles are recycled back into usable products. The campaign group Recycle now estimates that in Britain alone, 16 million plastic bottles are not recycled every day, and discarded. These bottles can take at least 500yrs to decompose, in other words we adults will be leaving an unmanageable legacy for generations to come unless we take further action now. Furthermore, if we include developed, under developed Countries, and our Oceans worldwide, the ratio of fish to plastic by weight by 2050 will exceed all the fish in the sea, a sobering thought.
Education is the key to spreading the word, if we are to tackle this problem for future generations of our children; the Queen Mary Sailing Club, Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge is a really fun way of doing just that. Read on, this is a high profile challenge, and a Guinness Book of Records - Official Record Attempt as well.
I look forward to seeing some marvellous examples of nautical ingenuity!'
Richard Steele - Vice Commodore QMSC
What is it?
Young people in school today will bear the brunt of the future environmental impact of inadequately managed plastic. This Challenge will develop awareness of the environmental impact of plastic through a Guinness World Record attempt using plastic bottles to make model boats.
Our aim is to inspire plastic education in classrooms, to promote respect for our waterways and to increase sailing participation. A vision to unite schools and create awareness the global issue of plastic pollution which ends up in our oceans every year.
Before we start. Why is plastic pollution a problem? watch this Sky Video (LINK)