Educators vs Plastics – A Call to Action!

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As Earth Day draws near, the global call to action for environmental preservation grows louder. In anticipation of this pivotal day, communities, schools, and organisations worldwide are uniting under the banner of Planet vs. Plastics, rallying for a sustainable future free from the scourge of plastic pollution.

Dear Earth Advocates,


As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, communities worldwide are gearing up to celebrate our planet and take action for its preservation. From schools planning themed activities like fundraisers and beach clean-ups to organisations rallying behind’s Planet vs. Plastics initiative, there’s a collective call to address one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. The movement is demanding a 60% decrease of plastic production by 2040 and the elimination of single-use plastic by 2030.


Why the Focus on Planet vs. Plastics?

Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to ecosystems globally. Beyond its unsightly appearance, plastic waste endangers wildlife, marine life, and even human health. Shockingly, over 500 billion plastic bags were produced worldwide last year alone (one million bags per minute), totalling more than 380 million tons annually. More plastic has been produced in the last decade than in the entire preceding century. The need to curb plastic production and usage is urgent.


The Impact on Wildlife and Beyond

Plastic waste wreaks havoc on ecosystems, endangering marine life and wildlife. From ingestion to entanglement, animals suffer immensely due to our plastic consumption. Moreover, as plastics degrade into microplastics, they release toxic chemicals, further threatening food resources, water supplies, and air quality.


The Role of Education in Driving Change

Education is paramount in addressing the plastic crisis. Earth Day events emphasise the importance of climate education, empowering students with knowledge and fostering a sense of responsibility. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to instil eco-conscious values in our students and lead by example.


Practical Steps Towards a Plastic-Free Future

Taking action starts with small, tangible changes. Whether it’s reducing plastic use in arts and crafts, advocating for sustainable school catering, or promoting BYO (Bring Your Own) initiatives, every effort counts. By encouraging the use of reusable alternatives (let’s ditch the glitter!) and minimising plastic consumption, we pave the way for a greener future.


Join the Movement: Educators vs. Plastics

“The Planet vs. Plastics campaign is a call to arms, a demand that we act now to end the scourge of plastics and safeguard the health of every living being upon our planet.”

(Kathleen Rogers, President,


As Educators vs. Plastics, please join us in committing to raising awareness and inspiring change. By implementing plastic-free practices in our classrooms and school settings, we set a precedent for sustainable living. Together, we can empower the next generation to champion environmental stewardship and work towards a plastic-free world.



In preparation for Earth Day, please consider the power of collective action to protect our planet. By educating ourselves and others, advocating for sustainable practices, and embracing plastic-free alternatives, we can make a real difference.

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.”

(Maria Montessori, Education and Peace, p. 30)


With determination and hope,

Carola Lång-Howard


Reference List: (2024) Planet vs Plastics [online] available at:

Montessori, M. (2007) Education and Peace Amsterdam: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company