Out of the Studio for a Beach Clean! Part 2



Today’s show is the last show of Season 1 of The Kids Are All Right! podcast and we are back on the beach again!

Once again we have left the studio and are spending time with 14year old Flossie Donnelly for a beach clean with her environmental charity ‘Flossie and the Beach Cleaners!’

Last week we went searching for plastic rubbish on a local beach and learned about how over time plastic breaks down into tiny pieces of plastic called microplastic – we couldn’t believe when Flossie told us that this microplastic is literally everywhere AND is in every scoop of sand on every beach in the world! Wow!

This week Flossie and her Mum Harriet got us and the other volunteers to use the plastic rubbish we had collected to make Beach Art which they call a ‘Flanksie’ in honour of the British street artist Banksie!

Buster and Buddy took part with the other kids in a cool recycling quiz to test their knowledge of how to Recycle Right!

And we also learned about the problem of plastic rivers in some parts of the world where so much plastic is used and thrown away that the rivers become so full of it that they look like rivers of plastic.

But their main message is that if we all do our own little bit to help the environment, by us all working together then the planet will be just fine and we have a bright and happy future living on this green Earth!

Listen in and join us on the beach!


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Flossie Donnelly

Flossie Donnelly is a secondary school student and an enthusiastic and engaged climate activist. Her passion is the sea and protecting the marine environment works to reduce the plastic pollution in our seas.

She has been dubbed ‘Ireland’s Greta Thunberg.’

Her activism first began on a family trip to Thailand when she was eight years old. Whilst on holidays she was taken aback by the amount of plastic pollution she observed on the beaches she visited and when swimming in the sea. She spent a considerable amount of time on that trip collecting rubbish from the sea and bringing it back to the hotel where her family were staying. On her return to Ireland, she noticed more and more rubbish being washed up on local beaches and knew she had to share her passion around protecting marine life and to educate others about plastic pollution.

She set up her environmental charity ‘Flossie and the Beach Cleaners’ when she was 11years old, organising beach clean-ups in Dunlaoire and Sandycove near her home. However, recently she has expanded the charity and now has over 7 Flossie and the Beach Cleaner groups dotted around Ireland!

Flossie regularly engages in climate strikes either outside her school or the Dáil.

She is the first person to have brought seabins into Ireland after raising €4,000 for the two binns herself. These devices can remove up to 83,000 plastic bags or 20,000 plastic bottles from the sea in one year!

Her work also expands internationally, having connected with villages and plastic charities in Indonesia to help them fight against their plastic pollution problem which is so bad, they suffer with plastic rivers.

She remains positive that if we work together we can alleviate many of our environmental challenges and problems.



Buster 0:11

Hello and welcome to The Kids Are All Right a podcast specially for kids that's all about health happiness and wellness. I'm Michelle and this summer we are looking into how we can help look after our planet So join us this summer as we discover learn and have loads of fun along the way and as usual helping me on this summer project is of course you know them well my co presenters Buster and Buddy !

Buddy 0:34

Hey everyone buddy again

Michelle Connolly 0:38

so are we ready to get this sir project on the road?

Buster 0:40

Oh yeah, let's go.

Hello and welcome once again to the seaside town of Killiney in Dublin Ireland on this beautiful but windy summer's day. This is The Kids Are All Right podcast. And so of course it means today are Buster and buddy.

Hey guys, welcome back to the beach. Hey everyone. And we're down on the beach with teenager Flossie Donnelly, because having talked to her on our show about the problem of plastic pollution in our rivers and seas. We really wanted to come down and join her for one of her fantastic beach cleans.

Buddy 1:15

Yeah, this is brilliant guys. I love getting out of studio and seeing exactly what we can do to fight against plastic pollution on our beaches, and in our seas.

Yeah, it's really cool to be actually on the beach. And we're joining up with some of the other kids and parents who volunteer with Flossie and her amazing charity, which is called

Buster 1:35

Flossie and the beach cleaners. !How what a brilliant name for her environmental charity.

Yeah, guys, it's a really great name and a brilliant charity that works to protect our environment. And today, we'll be taking part in some more brilliants activities for the beach workshops that she and other young people put on to teach kids about how plastic pollution is affecting our environments and marine life.

Unknown Speaker 1:56

Yeah, cuz as she says little kids learn best from bigger kids.

Buster 2:00

Yeah it's a really brilliant way to teach kids...and adults too I have to say, and once again, we'll be learning loads but also having loads of fun.

Unknown Speaker 2:09

Oh, yeah, it's been brilliant so far. I can't wait to see what we'd be doing next, Michelle?

Buster 2:14

Okay, then Buster Well, let's head back down onto the beach and see what she has in store for us next.

Buddy 2:26

Aah what's next Michelle? What do we got to do next? L

But wait wait Michelle? Michelle, don't we have to do it? What is it Flossie called it, a Flanksie...a Flanksie!!

Flossie Donnelly 2:35

Eh yeah, it's a Flanksie, if you know the famous English artist Banksy. He's an like an anonymous man who does incredible art all over London. So we do Flanksie's at the end of each cleans where we make art out of the rubbish we collected and we call it Flexi so it's FL in front of Banksy!

Buster 2:53

brilliant brilliant. Okay, so show us what happens next.

Flossie Donnelly 2:56

Okay, great. Everyone empty rubbish out.

Buster 3:00

Oh, what are we going to make, what are we going to make?!

Flossie Donnelly 3:06

I think an octopus, it would be really cool to make today. Who wants to try draw an outline of the octopus in the sand?

Michelle Connolly 3:11

Any takers?

Buster 3:14

Oh we can use this for his eyes Michelle.!

Buddy 3:20

The plastic bones connected to the other plastic bone!

Michelle Connolly 3:24

It's really coming together here guys. It's looking great.

Flossie Donnelly 3:27

Yeah, it's looking amazing. Nice job, everyone. Thanks for coming.

Harriet Donnelly 3:31

Yeah, no, it's gonna be a very cool Flanksie today.

Michelle Connolly 3:38

Okay, finishing touches, guys. This is looking amazing. I'm so impressed.

Buddy 3:44

Okay, Michelle, I think we're nearly ready. Just the last little piece here and it's the octopus. !!

Michelle Connolly 3:52

I think we deserve to give ourselves a big round of applause guys.!!This is such a great way of using and reusing the pollution that we've collected today. I think this is pretty good. And guys, we're gonna post this on our social media. So you'll all be ale to see the fantastic artwork they've created today.

Buddy 4:11

Oh, yeah. What's the most like out there kind of Flankie you guys you've ever created?

Flossie Donnelly 4:20

Oh, I don't know. Well one time we just did this massive fish on the beach.

Michelle Connolly 4:24

Brilliant. Brilliant. What was your personal favourite Harriet?

Harriet Donnelly 4:27

I think my personal favourite was the giant pair of men's pants we made out of pants that we found

Michelle Connolly 4:32

Wow, men's pants on beaches as well. I've heard it all now.!!

Unknown Speaker 4:46

Guys, this next bit is going to be awesome. We're gonna get to do a recycling quiz.

Michelle Connolly 4:52

Okay, over to you Harriet

Harriet Donnelly 4:54

Okay guys, so you got the green bin or the black green. So if you have a plastic container of milk when you buy Your milk? And which bin? Would you put it in when it's finished? That's right. What else would you do though? Would you just put it in? Or would you wash it out first? That's right. And if you had the choice of buying a plastic container of milk or a cardboard carton of milk, what would you buy? Very good, because you're saving the plastic. Now, a lot of the time, the plastic containers of milk come with loose plastic around it. What would you do with the loose plastic? Would you throw the whole thing in the bin? Or would you separate it? That's right, because the the piece of plastic that you take off the container is squishy plastic. So at Flossie and the Beach Cleaners we use the word squishy all the time, if you can squish your plastic in the hand, it goes in the black bin. And that makes it so much simpler because there's so many rules around recycling. So there's one very simple rule with us. If you can squish it. It goes in the black bin. If you can't squish it, it goes in the green bin. And that is the secret the quick and simple steps the secret to recycling. So what's the special word?

Buster 6:08


Harriet Donnelly 6:09

Way to go! Well,, go home and tell your parents they're the ones need to learn.

Buddy 6:14

Okay, so squishy plastic, I hope my mom and dad are listening because all that's going into the black bin from now on.

Harriet Donnelly 6:20

Okay, so if you had this tin can and you just had a can of beans. What would you do with your tin can when you finished it?

Buster 6:27

Oh, I know I this one! you wash it, you wash it!

Harriet Donnelly 6:30

Brilliant Buster! You wash it. What do you do then?Yes well done. The green bin is the answer. So Jackson is on fire. He knows what he's gonna do with his cans now. Okay, so here's a really, really hard one. You have an envelope. So normally when your mom does he get like envelopes in the posts. And it's got like this little window that you can see the address through. So what would you do with the envelope?

Oh, I know, I know, you take the little window off, put it into the black bin and then put the envelope in the green bin.

Unknown Speaker 7:03

Oh, Buster, you're so clever. Now. Why would you put that bit of plastic in the black bin?What is it?

Buster 7:09

It's squishy?!!

Harriet Donnelly 7:13

You're on fire. You're so good.

Michelle Connolly 7:16

Yeah Buster is on fire today.!!

Buddy 7:18

Yeah. I'm impressed how much knowledge he has on plastic pollution.

Michelle Connolly 7:22

Okay, have are you got any more questions for these guys?

Unknown Speaker 7:25

Yeah I got a really good one. So if you have like, you've got all your good recycling, all already to go into the green bin outside. So you've washed it out, you've got all your different papers or cardboards or recycled plastic. You washed everything out, you put it into the bin, and you take your bin liner outside to empty it in the green bin. What do you do? Do you just throw that in the bin? The whole bag? Or do you do something else ?

Unknown Speaker 7:48

You don't throw it away you, empty the rubbish out. And then put the bag into the bin.

Unknown Speaker 7:58

Brilliant well done. Because the black bin liner that you were about to throw in the bin is squishy. Exactly and is non recyclable so you are all brilliant at recycling well done!.

Buster 8:11

But Could you reuse the bag as well though, for your next green bin rubbish?

Unknown Speaker 8:15

You can Buster, you can use it because everything you've been putting in that bin you've cleaned out already. So it's actually a clean bin so you can reuse it and reuse it until it's so full of holes that you have to actually put it back into the black bin. Well done buster. So the most important thing, in fact, is if we can just not in fact, you should encourage your mom's and your dad's and anyone in your family not to buy any single use plastics. So going for coffee, take a keep cup if you're going to go and get a water, bring your usable water bottle and and just cut down on buying any of this stuff.

Buddy 8:46

Brilliant. Wow, Michelle, we're learning so much about all the different types of plastic and how to reuse and recycle. But now I think Flossie's got some really important tips on plastic rivers and all that kind of stuff. So over to you Flossie.

Flossie Donnelly 8:57

Well, on the other side of the world, there's a river called the CitarumRiver, which is in Indonesia, which is a really cool country. And what's famous about the Ciatarum river it is it's known as the plastic River. It looks it's like a normal river, but it's completely filled with plastic. That's what the videos show. My mum and me a few years ago, we went out to see the plastic river in Indonesia because we wanted to see if it was really that bad and see how we could help the children out there with the cleaning. And it was not as bad as we expected. But it was still really bad. The entire river was covered in rubbish. And there were loads of really sad dead fish in the water floating which is sad. The funny thing is the first thing I pulled out of the river was a pair of men's pants!.

Michelle Connolly 9:42

Even though it's the other side of the worlds The first thing was a pair of men's pants, I don't believe it!

Flossie Donnelly 9:45

I do not know how this happens. And what's funny is actually, well actually it's sad, is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and there is a massive thing which is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a whole island made of Plastic, which is bigger than France


Wow! Bigger than France!!

So it's just sitting the size of France, and it's all stuck together in the middle of the ocean. Whoa. And is there any way to get rid of all that now? Or is it just too big at this stage?

Flossie Donnelly:

Yes. And that's because all the plastic rivers, they all lead to the sea. So eventually all the plastic that's in the rivers floats into the sea. And as the plastic never stops, it just continues going out,

Michelle Connolly:

we'd never want to get to a situation where we're seeing rivers of plastic, here in Ireland. That's that's quite a shocking idea isn't it!

Well if we work together, we can solve literally anything in the world. So as long as we all stay positive, and try to find a way and all do our bit to collect the rubbish, we can help. And as long as we try to stop buying as much plastic and recycle it properly, probably we can do it.

SoI suppose it's kind of a hard thing for young people and kids these days to, I suppose, they hear about climate change, and they notice problems, they hear about plastic pollution. But sometimes it can be such a big idea that it can be really hard to get your head around it and understand what's going on without it becoming quite scary. So you've got a way of talking to kids about the problem of climate change that you think is a really good way to explain the problem without scaring kids. So tell us what you do.

Harriet Donnelly:

So what we do is we try and do so is like to say to everyone, and it's really important that for you all to know this, that you have a great future, your planet is going to be a lovely, fresh, healthy planet, you're going to be able to live long, happy lives, and we just give a few we like you to do a few simple things to help climate change. One of them is and it's a really cool buzzword because not everyone knows about you become a flexitarian. So you don't have to be vegan, you don't have to be a vegetarian, to help save the planet. But if you become a flexitarian, which is very cool. You give up meat for two days a week, or as many days a week as you want and you just have pasta you know,pasta with tomatoes whenever you like. So flexitarian, that's two days a week, you're already doing huge amounts, just not eating meat for two days a week. Encourage your mums and dads as much as they can not to drive the car all the time. And if they've got a big fat, what a cash in the pocket, they can go and buy an electric car or a hybrid car, do lots of cycling, take public transport, that's doing an awful lot to save the planet, we need to plant lots more trees, the trees suck up all the all the bad air that's being created. Definitely, they're so easy to find, get some bee friendly plants and just plant some nice Bee plants in your garden. Because bees are very, very important for climate change. And as we've already talked about, please recycle lots of recycling and use that. So all you have to do do few simple things, and spread the word. And just it's just important to know that the future will be saved, the planet is going to be just fine. But if we all work together, we can do this.

Michelle Connolly:

It is everybody doing their small, little bit. It's not trying to do everything. It's not taking all the problems in your shoulders. It's taking a few things that you can control the few things you can do in your life. And that really does make a difference.

Flossie Donnelly:

The most important thing is to remember, just to take a deep breath. And remember, it's not up to you alone.


Yeah,I have to say, that we did a small step today, Michelle, we helped clean the beach and Flossie Thank you so much for having us here today.

Michelle Connolly:

Did you enjoy yourselves today? Yeah. Thanks so much, guys.

Flossie Donnelly:

Thanks so much for having us. It was loads of fun. It's always great to have new cleaners. So thank you.

Michelle Connolly:

So that's it from us here down in the seaside town of Killiney county, Dublin, Ireland, where we've learned so much with Flossie and the beach cleaners about how to look after our seas and beaches and the marine life that lives both in and out of the water.


Yeah, it's been great. And after everything I've seen and done today, I don't think I'll ever look at a piece of plastic rubbish in the same way ever again. And I can't believe how much I've learned. It's been cool learning about looking after our beaches and seas, when we're actually on a beach. Oh Flossie and her team of kids and adult volunteers do such a brilliant job cleaning up and protecting our beaches and seas.


Yeah,they're the best!

Michelle Connolly:

they are indeed ,spending time here on the beach with Flossie and the beach cleaners has been amazing. It's really been a brilliant experience to learn so much about the plastic pollution of our waters and how we can protect our marine environments.


Well, actually, Michelle, we've learned loads about protecting our environment over the last two months of our summer project, where we've spoken with guests about what we can do to look after our planet, our natural environment and do our best to fight against climate change.

Michelle Connolly:

yeah we really have Buddy but you know, now it's time for us to take a little break and go on our summer holidays for a couple of weeks. A little time to relax and enjoy this fabulous summer.


Yeah. I'm so excited to have my summer holiday.

Unknown Speaker:

summer, summer, summer time.!!


Yeah, I'm looking forward to the holidays too. But don't worry. We will be back soon guys.


Make sure you take care of the natural environment over the summer.


Have a hippy hoppy happy summer guys!

Michelle Connolly:

And so guys until we chat to you again in a few weeks time. Remember to try to be healthy


Be well


And be happy!.

Michelle Connolly:

See you soon on The Kids Are All Right podcast. !


Happy Holidays, everybody.


See you guys soon. Bye

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