CHILLING drawings depict the bleak future of our polluted oceans, as viewed by children.
Schoolchildren were asked to draw pictures of what they think the world's oceans will look like by the year 2070.
The heart-breaking pictures, through the eyes of a child, are enough to make you stop in your tracks.
Youngsters filled the images with plastic and rubbish, as well as sea creatures that sadly consume the waste people throw inside.
The eerie pics come after research shows that of 1,091 children aged 7-11 found six in 10 are 'worried' about the future of the ocean .
And, the studies show that 58 per cent of the children in this age bracket want to do more to protect the planet.
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Two thirds (62 per cent) of those who are worried about the ocean are also scared that fish will die out if we don’t do anything to save our seas.
Other top concerns shared by children are that 51 per cent have been left afraid that the oceans will flood us, while another 46 per cent believe they will not be able to see a certain species before they die.
Shockingly, 59 per cent of kids are worried about plastic pollution affecting whales.
The research, commissioned by BRITA in collaboration with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), comes as McFly's Dougie Poynter is set to launch his newest children’s book, The Whale Watchers.
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Dougie's aim is to educate children on the importance of whales in the ecosystem.
But most importantly, his book is set to show how everyone can take small steps to help our system – such a reducing our use of single-use plastics.
As highlighted in his book, Dougie outlines how taking part in beach cleans, and reusing plastic items are among the ways kids can save the whales from plastic pollution.
Speaking about his book and the main character, the musician and children’s author said: “It’s great to see so many children want to be like Finn, which is character I really relate to. Finn gets quite down about the plastic pollution problem, which I do too and need a little picking up every now and again like he does. But it’s the small stories of triumph and helping to guide change which really restore my faith.
“I wrote this book because I really wanted to create a fictional story with facts that the reader could absorb, learn and carry them on into the rest of their lives as that’s how I learnt about the natural environment when I was growing up, and I hope this story will inspire the future change makers of this earth.”
The survey also found those who are worried about the ocean think it will be an average of 26 years before it’s too late to save the sea from permanent damage.
With half feeling frustrated that they can’t do more to help the planet.
Rebecca Widdowson, a spokesperson for BRITA UK added: “We are really passionate about reducing single-use plastics and supporting a more sustainable reuse culture, so it’s encouraging to see so many children are learning about climate change in school.
“We want to continue to inspire children in a meaningful and engaging way and to raise funds for our long-standing charity partner WDC and support them in their vital work to protect the oceans for generations to come.”
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This comes after studies found that 95% of plastic waste transported into our oceans by rivers comes from just ten rivers.
Eight of those rivers are in Asia, with the remaining two – the Nile and the Niger – in Africa.
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