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Creating waves of environmental literacy
By:
Melissa Baird
Melissa is a sustainability communications specialist and environmental educator. She is responsible for developing the learning materials for the Captain Fanplastic Environmental literacy programme.

Captain Fanplastic and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation are delighted to announce a partnership that will raise the environmental literacy and understanding of the marine environment of young learners. Together, their teams will collaborate on outreach programmes that improve literacy, raise awareness, and foster a sense of appreciation and wonder for the marine environment in order to learn what can be done to protect it.

The world’s friendliest, plastic battling pirate adventures through stories that explore #NoTrashButTreasure with his best friend Fin the turtle. Their mission is to discover what can be done to battle the mountain of plastic trash in the sea. The captain teaches the 5Rs (Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle) as a way for everyone to be able to contribute to making a positive impact, and help stem the tide of waste making it into the oceans and rivers.

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation continues the 25-year legacy of the Two Oceans Aquarium, by informing and inspiring children and adults to make a positive impact that benefits our environment. Through outreach programmes, educational puppet shows, exciting online courses, and fun, informative web series‘, the Aquarium Foundation ensures that spreading environmental literacy is its primary focus. The ultimate vision, by offering these educational programmes, is to (re)connect all people to the ocean.

In Cape Town, you can find Captain Fanplastic’s best friend Fin in real life, recovering at the Aquarium Foundation’s turtle rehabilitation centre, at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Fin is just one of the many turtles being looked after and rehabilitated by the amazing turtle team, after ingesting or being entangled in plastic. Fin will need a lot of loving care before he can return to the ocean. You can follow the story of Fin on social media, by following @captainfanplastic or @aquariumfoundation, and read all about the adventures of Captain Fanplastic. Order your book now!

Why are pirates called pirates? Because they RRRRRR….

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