Starfish on brittle star bed, Billy Arthur (Usage Restricted - Contact Billy Barraclough with any questions)

Read or watch this short story and use our 10-minute reflective activity to explore how you can make a difference to the environment.

Before you begin

You will need:

You don't need anything specific for this activity, but you may want to record your ideas. In which case, grab a pencil and paper, a laptop or your phone.

Time taken:

You'll need five to 15 minutes to read the story and complete the activity, depending on how long you want to spend reflecting and constructing your ideas.

Common Starfish Loch Sween Scotland Mark Kirkland

Credit: Mark Kirkland

The activity

Starfish story

A great storm had caused thousands of starfish to become stranded along a beach. The tide was going out and they didn’t have long before being baked by the sun. A little boy was picking them up, one at a time, and throwing them back to the sea, when he was approached by a man.

The man said to the boy “why are you doing this? There are thousands of starfish – you’re never going to be able to save them all. There’s no point, you won’t make a difference.”.

So the little boy paused for a moment in thought, before picking up another starfish and hurling it into the sea.

The little boy looked up at the old man and said, “I made a difference for that one.”

Once you've read or watched the starfish story, complete the activity below:

This project is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

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Co-funded by the European Union.

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