I SEE I CARE WORKSHOP

I SEA I CARE WORKSHOP TO BANYAN RESERVE

Mandy the ISIC leader talked to us about how we are the future of looking after waterways and marine life. We walked to the storm water drain and Mandy told us that most of the litter is organic, that means it leaves branches and sometimes-dead birds. We also saw other man-made rubbish like plastic bottles, glass bottles and a handball. Next, we went to Jess to check the water purity in the pond. We did this by collecting a bucket of water and using a tablet that tells us how acidic and clean the water was. Blue and pink meant perfectly clean. After that, we used nets to scoop up invertebrates, tiny little prawn and we found mosquito larvae too. Then we went back to Mandy to look at the litter traps. A bobcat lifted the net out of the water so we could look at what was inside. There were eels, lots of leaves, plastic rubbish and clothing. Melbourne watermen told us about once they found an enormous eel. They talked about how they were trained to work the machines. The rubbish was scooped into a truck back to the plant and made into furniture. After lunch we went to Frankston Beach to pick up rubbish. Mandy talked to us about safety like how to use the hand rakes to claw the sand for rubbish. Adam found nerdels, Lily and Charlotte found cigarette butts. Finally we went on  long walk all along Kananook Creek. Mandy showed us a floating litter trap and talked again about how most of the rubbish is plastic, it is a huge problem. She said that 50 years ago Kananook Creek was full of raw sewage. We saw lots of backyards where people had boats instead of cars. Our message to you is to make sure you put everything in the right bin, and reduce, reuse and recycle your rubbish.    By Adam, Charlotte and Lily.