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Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 35 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, South and Central America, Europe


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Why We Need to Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans For Good

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  • This video from Oceana is about throwaway plastic pollution in our oceans and the dangers it can cause to humans, marine life, and the planet. 
  • Students will learn about microplastics, the limits of recycling, global solutions, and action steps individuals can take. 
Teaching Tips


  • It discusses successful initiatives implemented by governments and corporations to reduce throwaway plastic pollution.
  • The description links to the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement, where students can learn more about how to get involved.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video mentions microplastics in things like beer, water, honey, sea salt, and the air we breathe, which some students might find discomforting or surprising.
  • Students should understand the importance of biodiversity and how plastic pollution disrupts the aquatic food chain.


Scientist Notes
Plastic pollution is extensively discussed in this video. The impact of plastic pollution on the ocean and its resources has been projected. This is factual, and also, the resource explored measures implemented by various government agencies and programs to limit plastic production and pollution. It also articulated the need for behavioral change such as the #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign to ensure people understand the impact of plastic pollution and do not consume products made from plastics anymore. This is recommended for teaching.
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