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Citizenship-building via Marine Debris Surveys
January 20, 2017
Green Teacher
Gathering Debris on Fahaheel Beach. Credit: Aimee Cleary 

WHEN A FELLOW TEACHER and I took a boat cruise along the coast of Kuwait, we noted the sad state of the Arabian Gulf. Amid the food wrappers, cigarette butts, and plastic bags, we saw dead fish floating on their sides; an indicator that not all was right within the ecosystem below. A walk along the beach treated us to views of food waste, plastic bottles, and even more plastic bags littered across the sandy shoreline. Driving away from the beach, we discussed the need to invigorate the public to address the litter issue, and realized that as educators of locals, we had a role to play.

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