Plastic Pollution Awareness

Rosie Cooper-Bowman Start Date: Jan 10, 2018 - End Date: Jan 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
  • Indonesia

My Travel Story

by: Rosie Cooper-Bowman Start Date: Jan 10, 2018 - End Date: Jan 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
I have made it my mission to spread the word and help to inspire the world to reduce plastic pollution. 

I have a background in biology, conservation, science communication and public outreach - I am a natural at talking to people about nature. I also have a lot of experience volunteering for marine charities. I read the quote "" and instantly realised I could help to make a difference. 

I volunteered in Indonesia for 6 months in 2017 - working with children educating them about how they can take practical, simple steps to help the environment around them. I started off in palm oil plantations working with local communities but slowly made my way to the ocean. The most beautiful ocean I have even seen. Also part of the world's most biodiverse area 'The Coral Triangle'. But it was covered in plastic pollution. It was heart breaking.

The voluntary work I was involved with had me databasing the vulnerable and magnificent species of manta rays. However, I also feel that raising awareness of plastic pollution in the local area could be just as important. There are already many amazing initiatives in the area working towards a similar goal and I want to return to develop and deliver outreach incentives which I believe could make a real difference. With my background, I really think I am perfectly placed to do this. If just one of the kids I speak to listens - it might make all the difference - they could grow up to become a future politician and want to change the world too. 

Since returning to the UK I am already sharing what I saw abroad. I feel that we are very sheltered from the real issues of plastic pollution, even though we are more educated about it that many places in the world. I want to share with others why it is an issue, realistic ways that they can help and most importantly inspire them to share the message too. I have talks scheduled at schools, social groups and museums in the next few months where I will (voluntarily) share the plastic pollution message. I genuinely believe that my background in fun, informal learning and my absolute entusiasm for the natural world will mean its a talk people will enjoy and hopefully not forget.

I am asking for sponsors that are also passionate about the environment to contribute towards my travel costs to Indonesia later in 2018. This money will also go towards my indonesian lessons and equipment. 
  • Indonesia