EYE OPENING: Twelve-year-old Jack Cathcart said the Future Leaders Eco Challenge at Curtis Island was a “life changing experience”.
EYE OPENING: Twelve-year-old Jack Cathcart said the Future Leaders Eco Challenge at Curtis Island was a “life changing experience”. Contributed

Young student shocked by rubbish on Curtis Island

POLLUTION on Curtis Island has left 12-year-old Jack Cathcart feeling devastated.

The Miriam Vale State School student was among more than 80 who went on a day trip to the island to learn about reducing marine debris this week.

When he saw how much glass, metal and plastic was on the beach at Curtis Island he was blown away.

"The experience has been life changing," Jack said.

"To see all the seagrass dying and the pollution was devastating. I had no idea.

"I couldn't believe how much sea life was actually at Curtis Island with all that pollution."

Jack wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up, and seeing all the little bits of plastic floating around in the water has only made him more passionate about reducing marine pollution.

Organiser of the Future Leaders Eco Challenges, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority liaison officer Janet Barrett, said increasing students' understanding about challenges would empower them to make real change in their own communities.



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