ALBUERA Street Primary School’s “Waste Warriors” have taken action to protect their unique local environment.
As part of Enviroweek 2015, students used rubbish and plastic collected from Marieville Esplanade in Sandy Bay to construct a two-metre square canvas collage depicting the shy albatross – a Tasmanian bird listed as vulnerable to ingesting the plastic.
“Our school logo is of a bird flying free and that is what students want for all wildlife, for it to be free of environmental pollution,” Albuera Street Primary School teacher Michelle De Paoli said.
Mrs De Paoli said students appreciated that they were surrounded by natural beauty every day and wanted to protect it.
“These students care greatly about local wildlife and are aware that plastic and pollution are killing our bird life,” she said.
“They want to educate the community and demonstrate that taking positive action is easy and counts on lives saved.”
After cleaning up the rubbish, students collated, sorted and recorded data from the collection as part of an ongoing observational local rubbish study.
A documentary trailer capturing their experience was shared with the school community on Friday 4 September.
The debris collage will be on show at the school’s Science and Sustainability Fair on Wednesday 9 September.
“The documentary and the completed artwork will celebrate what students have achieved and raise awareness of how easy it is to help our environment and wildlife,” Mrs De Paoli said.
Albuera Street Primary School’s Enviroweek participant profile can be viewed online at www.enviroweek.org/teams/albuera-waste-warriors.
Enviroweek ran from 30 August to 5 September.