There are now 1200 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife & Scotland which is amazing!
Thank you to every individual who has been a part of this - here's to many new Wild Planet Explorers becoming beginner biologists & conservationists across Scotland & having lots of fun at the same time!
Community & Charity Work
Wild Planet Explorers launches first local community initiative - The 3P Pledge
Update July 2017 - Great news! 10% of households in our first 3P Pledge villages of Limekilns, Charlestown, Pattiesmuir & Crombie have already pledged!
Founder of Wild Planet Explorers Joanna McFarlane has launched a new local community initiative in her local villages to address the build up of toilet waste being seen in her local streams, rivers, seas & on beaches. Wipes, cotton buds, nappies, sanitary waste are being found strewn across local countryside due to drain blockages they cause & the resulting overflow of toilet waste into nearby waterways. There are only 3 things that can be put down the toilet - Pee, Poo & toilet Paper. Wipes, including biodegradable or flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough like toilet paper & quickly cause blockages.
The initiative is called The 3P Pledge & asks every household in a street, village, town or city to pledge to only put the 3P's down the toilet & nothing else. Groups & businesses can pledge too! To celebrate their pledge, they will receive a 3P Pledge window sticker & will be entered into a prize draw. The area will then become a 3P Pledge Area with support from owners of publicly used toilets. The first 3P Pledge community initiative was launched on 30th May 2017 in partnership with Limekilns Primary School & with support from Scottish Water & the Marine Conservation Society. If you would like to be a 3P Pledge champion for your area, please get in touch with Joanna via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Planet Explorers is proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign.
This campaign would like a Deposit Return System in Scotland. A deposit return system means you pay a small deposit when you buy drink cans and bottles, which you get back when you return them. By increasing recycling and reducing litter, it would lead to a cleaner, green and more sustainable Scotland for us all. Look at these stats!
1. 37 countries or regions in the world have already introduced effective deposit return systems including Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, most of Canada, 10 US states and large areas of Australia.
2. Drinks packaging is responsible for 80-95% of the litter in our seas by volume or weight and 50% of litter on land.
3. Deposit returns achieves recycling rates of over 90%+ in places that have it. This leads to huge reductions in litter!
4. In Germany 98.5% of plastic bottles are recycled.
5. A Scottish poll in 2015 showed that nearly 79% of people in Scotland were strongly or somewhat supportive of a deposit return scheme.
If would like to find out more about the campaign, please go to www.haveyougotthebottle.org.uk
What's been happening?
After officially launching just 7 months ago, Wild Planet Explorers is a FINALIST in the What's On 4 Little One's Awards for Best New Activity For Children!
A huge thanks to everyone who voted & who has supported Wild Planet Explorers over the last 7 months & in the trial year beforehand. The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in London in October.
Wild Planet Explorers had a great summer delivering sessions across Scotland at Aberdour Festival, Belladrum, Linlithgow Party at the Palace & ButeFest. Huge thanks to all the organisers for inviting us & to the fantastic new Wild Planet Explorers & their families who embraced the crab & dolphin fun throughout! In wellies, mud & all!