8th May 2009 at 01:00

At last, an exhibition about the environment which, rather than making us feel guilty, explains simple steps we can take to make things better.

Your Ocean, on tour from the Greenwich National Maritime Museum and running at the Maritime Museum in Aberdeen until June 28, is a perfect exhibition for schools. It has attractive display units made from recycled cardboard; uses plain language to explain the key issues affecting our ocean environment; includes well-chosen objects to enhance the written information; features fun interactives and is backed up by an excellent online resource.

As the show points out, oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth's surface and no matter how far away you live from one, it is part of your life. Things we do every day affect the ocean and Your Ocean aims to help us care for the world's vital watery environment by making informed choices about the way we live. We can cut down on the need for offshore oil, for instance, by engaging in energy-saving activities such as walking to school and buying "local".

We've all heard about oil spillages at sea, but who knew that three times more oil from cars than oil tankers ends up in the ocean? Like medicines flushed down toilets, car oil that gets washed down drains and sewers should be disposed of in a more environmental way.

And if you had been patting yourself on the back for buying farmed prawns rather than "wild" ones, Your Ocean points out that mangrove swamps are being destroyed to make room for prawn ponds. But, fortunately, you can eat responsibly by looking out for the Marine Stewardship Council's stamp of approval on sea food.



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