Our oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup and the effects on ocean life are chilling. Big pieces of plastic are choking and entangling turtles and seabirds and tiny pieces are clogging the stomachs of creatures who mistake it for food, from tiny zooplankton to whales.’ This statement from Greenpeace sums up the terrible state of our marine environment and why we need to take action now!
This message has been taken fully on-board by Spectacular8 – Shilpa Venepally, Simran Kapoor, Sonal Singh, Swati Vats, Gina Fernandes, Trupti Dave, Soni Chabbra, and Nisha Galani – a group of parents from GEMS Modern Academy – Dubai who are determined to make a difference.
The members of Spectacular8 have always believed that ‘we are the environment’ and not separate from it. So united by their desire to leave a legacy of sustainable behaviour and a pollution-free planet for their children, these eight women have taken on ‘mission unstoppable’.
Spectacular8 was born when a parent, Gina Fernandes, asked other parents of the school to join her on a wall mural made out of plastic bottle caps dedicated to a Whale that was put down in Norway because its intestines were clogged with plastic.
This wall mural was created in the height of the summer, with both children and parents turning up to work on it in the often fierce heat. GEMS Modern Academy – Dubai went ‘No Plastic’ from there on in to support achieving a milestone set by Global Goals SDG12 for responsible production and consumption. Spectacular!