Oceans of Plastic

Paperback - June 2022 - AU $29.99

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Discover our amazing oceans and their big plastic problem, and become an ocean change-maker.

Our oceans are amazing! They are filled with wonderful sea creatures and are essential for a healthy planet. But it’s now estimated that there are more pieces of plastic in the ocean than visible stars in the Milky Way. So how can we stop plastic from our homes and cities from ending up floating in oceans far away? By becoming ocean change-makers! + Full description

Oceans of Plastic explores how ocean systems and swirling currents bring plastics together into massive ocean garbage patches. It also uncovers the floating world of the 'plastisphere' – a mini community of microbes living on ocean plastics – and explains how plastic breaks up, not down, and can even end up on your dinner plate!

Oceans of Plastic is packed with great ideas and simple changes that you can make to help our oceans. Become an ocean change-maker in your home, school or community, and inspire others to join you in protecting the future of our oceans.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 9 to 14.

Notable Book, The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2023
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News

Read more on our blog:
Aquatic scientist and environmental science teacher Tracey Gray shares with us some of her big concerns about the big plastic problem in our oceans, and how she wants to inspire the next generation of ocean change-makers: Oceans of Plastic: Inspiring change-makers with Tracey Gray.

Reviews

"What I love most about this text is how it is so rich in science content and beautifully drawn images. I was impressed at how well ocean biology and chemistry have been incorporated in an engaging and informative way."
Katherine Muscat, Teaching Sciences Volume 69 (1), 1 March 2023

"Author Tracy Gray, an environmental science teacher, and aquatic scientist, certainly knows how to produce a good book packed with fascinating information, and useful action points to help us all deal with the massive plastic problems humanity has created."
Henricus Peters, Wildlife Australia Magazine, Autumn 2023

"Aquatic scientist and environmental science teacher, Tracey Gray, has written a very important book about the earth’s oceans, the crucial role they play in our lives and the damage being done to them through our usage of plastic. [...] Oceans of Plastic is a wonderful resource that will be a worthwhile addition to any school, both primary and secondary, or public library"
Kathryn Beilby, ReadPlus, 3 June 2022

"In this new book for upper primary+, readers learn how ocean systems and swirling currents bring plastics together into massive ocean garbage patches. It also uncovers the floating world of the ‘plastisphere’ – a mini community of microbes living on ocean plastics – and explains how plastic breaks up, not down, and can even end up on their dinner plate!"
Tracey Gray, The Bottom Shelf, 4 July 2022

"I enjoyed reading Oceans of Plastic very much and learned some interesting and surprising facts that blew me away. [...] The book is full of cool facts and information, but also shows how you yourself can help save the planet! [...] I think that if you are curious about nature, marine biology and how we can make a change, then this book is for you!"
Sammy, Double Helix #57, 15 July 2022

"Photos, illustrations and diagrams add to the accessibility of this topic and allow the reader to immerse themselves in understanding the important role we all play in ensuring we look after our planet. There are some great teacher notes to access as well and use in the science, maths & english curriculums."
Vanessa Ryan Rendall, Educate Empower, 4 August 2022

"Oceans of Plastic is packed with great ideas and simple changes you can make to help our oceans. Become an ocean change-maker in your home, school, or community"
Australian Wildlife Vol 1, January 2023

Details

Paperback | June 2022 | $ 29.99
ISBN: 9781486312573 | 120 pages | 250 x 215 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour illustrations, Colour photographs

ePDF | June 2022
ISBN: 9781486312580
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers

ePUB | June 2022
ISBN: 9781486316847
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers

Features

  • Teaches kids about the important global issue of ocean plastics.
  • Provides ideas and simple solutions for kids to help improve the health of our oceans.
  • Introduces inspiring ocean change-makers who are making a difference.
  • Features fascinating stories of scientific discoveries and inventions made to help our marine ecosystems.

Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1. The role of our oceans
Chapter 2. Slow-motion oceans
Chapter 3. Catching a current
Chapter 4. Great oceans! It's a garbage patch!
Chapter 5. A lifetime of plastic
Chapter 6. Impacts on oceanic wildlife
Chapter 7. Marine science in action
Chapter 8. Communities for change
Chapter 9. Ideas, inspirations and innovators
Chapter 10. Action for the oceans
Further information
Glossary
Index

Authors

Tracey Gray is an aquatic scientist and environmental science teacher, who provides education programs for schools and educators. She cares deeply about the ocean, beaches and living creatures, and inspires everyday actions to create positive environmental change.

For Teachers

We have created these Teacher Notes as a free PDF download to support the use of this book in the classroom.

Teacher Notes (314.40 KB)