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Enhancing Students Critical thinking about Marine Pollution using Scientifically-based Scenarios

Title:
Enhancing Students Critical thinking about Marine Pollution using Scientifically-based Scenarios
Authors:
A. Miliou, B. Quintana , E. Kokinou, T.M. Alves , A. Nikolaidis and G. Georgiou
Abstract:
Marine pollution is threatening the world’s seas, caused primarily by anthropogenic activities both on and off shore (oil spills, plastics, chemicals, etc.). The environmental damage from a large disaster like an oil spill, can be catastrophic in itself, affecting both marine life and human health. Floating debris causes additional problems by accumulating in the food chain and eventually being consumed also by humans. A key part of the solution to this complex problem is a strong environmental awareness of the impact and costs of marine pollution. This will occur by changing people’s attitudes, starting from a young age. The Sea4All project aims to significantly contribute to the awareness and consciousness of school children and educational institutions using innovative Information Communication Technologies (ICT), such as multilevel game-based learning tools and e-learning platforms. This will be achieve through the development of scientifically-based scenarios, simplified to the needs of the target groups. By increasing awareness through theSea4All program, potential strategies addressing the problem of marine pollution could arise.