L'Association des Enseignants des Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre
31 October 2014 – 31 January 2015
20 February – 20 April 2015
5 May – 5 July 2015
For the Arab exhibitions, all marine debris was collected with cleanups locally. A special attention was given to the education program.
The reasons behind the decision of AESVT to launch the project entitled "Out to sea? The Plastic Garbage Project" are varied and diverse. We have cited a few below:
The project helps to fill a gap in the knowledge concerning this matter and is a great example of action research.
In fact, the novelty of the theme "plastic waste in the sea" attracts the interest of the AESVT members "science teachers", academic researchers and managers of waste-related issues in general and the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment in particular.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness in terms of specific and complex environmental issues (plastic waste in the sea). It is worth mentioning that a study ("The Moroccans and the sea" carried out by AESVT in 2004) revealed that the majority of the Moroccans are not aware that the sea is a natural heritage with a very rich biodiversity, which is unfortunately threatened by various anthropogenic factors including, primarily, plastic waste, which affects the marine flora and fauna. The project adopts an innovative "multi-transinterdisciplinary" approach in dealing with the complementary relationship between the various fields of education, art, culture, science, etc. This cross-multi-partnership approach has great value and encourages the active involvement of a range of interested parties, and an understanding of the problem from different angles, which could lead to feasible alternatives with "shared responsibility".
The decision to host an exhibition as a teaching tool for this project forges a new way to communicate, raise awareness and educate that has the potential of mobilising a group of players to being instrumental in the issue of "plastic waste in the sea".