Pupils invited to join effort to protect Scotland's natural environment

High School of Dundee pupils are being offered the chance to help protect the country’s natural environment.

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In June 2018, Senior Years pupils participating in the John Muir Award on Canna worked with local rangers to remove more than 2,000 pieces of plastic and general rubbish from one of the island’s beautiful beaches.

Now pupils in F1 and F2 are being invited to apply for this year’s expedition, which will again take place in Canna and Rum, and make their own vital contribution to conserving Scotland’s countryside and wildlife.

All pupils in the year groups have received a Google Form enabling them to apply for the June trip, with the deadline being Monday 25th February, and ahead of that date some of last year’s participants shared their inspiring experiences at a special assembly.

One of them commented, “While doing the John Muir Award I not only interacted with others in a productive way, but also learned things that changed my opinion on the environment forever. I immensely enjoyed the trip because it pushed me to my limits and made me more confident about myself.”

The School’s Outdoor Education Instructor, Gordon Ross, said, “During our beach clean last year, there were so many household items ranging from toothbrushes and shoes to cleaning cleaning materials, but the most common item was plastic drinks bottles.

“We were appalled to see such vast amounts of rubbish in such a beautiful and remote location. As the BBC series Blue Planet II has identified, the plastic pollution problem is global crisis with ocean currents helping to spread the effects of human waste to every part of our oceans.

“I hope hearing from previous participants will inspire others to experience the Award and make a difference themselves.”