Are you concerned about plastic pollution?

Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past ten years, you couldn’t help but be concerned about the frightening and upsetting reports of how man has allowed the levels of pollution within our seas & oceans to escalate out of control.

It's not just about plastic !
This website aims to take you on a journey
to learn about Planet Earth and the Oceans.

Evidence of human activity is everywhere in the natural ocean environment!

Plastic pollution is having a deadly effect on wildlife; fish, mammals, sea birds, sea turtles & marine habitats. 

  • 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now contains plastic
  • It is estimated that 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day
  • Plastic in our seas comes from land based sources
  • 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic in our seas
  • Plastic can take up to 450 years to decompose in the sea
The only source of plastic  is from human activity ... plastic is not a 'natural' resource.  Plastic only exists because of human attitudes to 'an easy life' .   Plastic starts out in the communities we live in where humans do not consider the consequences of their way of living.  Attitudes need to change ... and people need to consider and adopt a more conservationist approach to life on planet Earth - our home.
When humans came to picnic on a beach !

What's the problem?

To most people the oceans are invisible - if something is thrown into the ocean - you can't see it - so human thinking says 'it's gone' - but the ocean depths are now full of human waste products - from plastic bottles to disposable nappies (diapers). It takes 450 years for a disposable nappy to degrade. It's turning the ocean into a plastic soup.
However, polllution of the ocean is not just about plastic, but also about dumping of sewage and high sound pollution.
Overfishing of our oceans by supertrawlers is also a real danger to life in the oceans - and we could be the last generation to eat fish.
Whatever our age, we all need to learn that the ocean is critical to the health of all life on Earth. Without the contribution of ocean-dwelling microscopic creatures called plankton - the very oxygen we breathe would not be available to us!
Oxygen is made by photosynthesis - with Rain forests, and other plants making 20% of our Earth's oxygen. Plankton and seagrass - found in the oceans - make 80%. So it is vital we keep the oceans healthy.
For millions of years Oceans have been absorbing the gas carbon dioxide from natural sources, such as volcanoes. But our oceans have been overloaded with carbon dioxide released by humans burning fossil fuels in the last hundred and fifty years.
Oceans are now so full of carbon dioxide the seas are turning acid (carbonic acid) and microscropic creatures such as plankton are in danger of extinction. Think about what will that mean for the oxygen content of our atmosphere? There could be mass extinctions, including the human race.
By learning that the ocean environment is an incredibly beautiful ecosystem - full of amazing creatures - then new generations will hopefully have more respect for a world that most people do not have the opportunity to see for themselves.
Oceans are vast and their influence on all life on Earth is jaw-dropping - let's turn the tide and start to fully understand how important Oceans are to every living thing on our Planet.

What's the solution?

Ensure that our children learn to appreciate the importance of their Planet and its Oceans.

Teachers educate the children...
Children share their knowledge with adults....

It's happening already ! There are lots of adults who understand the consequences of living their lives without a thought for the planet we call home... but not enough is being done ...

... now is the time for everyone to learn about the importance of Oceans for all life on Earth.

Teachers - here is your solution !

Ocean World Teachers’ Resource

YOU can finally do something BIG to help save the oceans while helping to change a complete generation’s view of the world!

Each Footprint to The Future package includes:

  • Eight fully resourced enquiry-based learning activities
  • Introductory PowerPoint for each activity
  • Sixty downloadable information sheets give children facts at their fingertips
  • A comprehensive film guide identifies ocean creatures
  • Six original films take children into the underwater world
  • 2 x posters
  • Teachers notes
  • ‘Ambassador for the Oceans’ certificate
  • The book 'World Beneath the Waves - a Guide to Understanding the Oceans.'

Add to this, the teaching materials also come on a USB allowing teachers to immediately use the materials on their whiteboards, and you can see what a remarkable opportunity this is. 

All this for Just £59.00

Meet the driving force behind Footprint to the Future..

Gloria Barnett BA (Science), MA (Education)

Gloria Barnett (a Science Education Consultant) has spent a lifetime providing creative and exciting learning experiences. Gloria has inspired hundreds of young people with visits to schools across the country.  Children of all ages have been introduced to the fascinating ‘world beneath the waves’. Following her school visits, the feedback she has always received is “When can you come to see us again?”

Gloria cannot visit every school in the country even though she would love to. Unfortunately thousands of schools never get the opportunity to learn from her wealth of experience and to be shown just what they can do to help save the seas and oceans.

Up until now …

Using all of Gloria’s experience and knowledge, the Footprint to the Future team have developed a fun, educational programme which can be taught by every teacher in every classroom throughout the English speaking world. This really is something special; the programme is known as:

Ocean World Teacher’s Resource

Teachers don’t have to be experts in marine biology or associated subjects… absolutely everything is prepared for them. Just imagine how much time this saves staff by having these flexible activities ready to adapt to their personal presentation skills? It goes without saying this alone is seen as a major bonus within schools. Teachers  love the material because it creates so much excitement and desire from their pupils who all want to learn more. 

So if the teachers are happy, and the pupils are being taught to respect the oceans, what isn’t there to like? 

This really is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and schools, but also parents, grandparents or charity organisations can buy this resource as a gift for their local school – making an impact on community life.

In short, this means that YOU can finally do something INCREDIBLE to help save the oceans while helping to change a complete generation’s view of the world.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Gloria was recently a speaker at a conference in Torquay.
Within an hour, Ocean World Teacher's Resource packs were flying off the 'shelves'
- being snapped up by teachers who were keen to introduce our materials into their schools together with
parents and charity organisers who wanted to gift these boxes to their local school.

The feedback has been amazing!

As well as teaching exciting science, Gloria has invested time and energy into her passion…her love of the sea. She has spent countless hours filming, editing, writing, and researching her favourite subject.

The team at Footprint to the Future are on a mission to  bring Gloria’s vast  understanding of oceans into as many classrooms as possible. By selling at this price, there is a danger teachers will think it is a ‘cheap’ product – but this is not so – this is a quality product , being released at the lowest price  possible in order for children and teachers to share this amazing  ocean knowledge. 

All this for just £59.00

 “We clearly and unequivocally declare that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.   To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live; how our society functions and how we interact with natural ecosystems.”

Prof. William Ripple –  Professor of Ecology


No water – no life – no blue –  no green!         

Far and away, the greatest threat to our planet,  the oceans, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.’ 

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Oceanographer.





”The role of the oceans is critical to supporting all life on Earth.

Education about our planet and its oceans is at the heart of our response.

Enjoy the learning – share your knowledge”

The Footprint to the Future Team