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Our Changing Climate

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Economics

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Why We Should Rethink Zero Waste

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Synopsis
  • This video from Our Changing Climate highlights the zero-waste movement and alternative solutions to our relationship with plastics and waste. 
  • Students will learn the benefits of going zero-waste, the structural difficulties of living a zero-waste lifestyle, and alternative solutions that are more inclusive and get closer to the source of the problem. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video acknowledges that zero-waste lifestyles can feel unachievable for some people and offers alternative solutions.
  • The video takes a global perspective on our relationship with waste.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video mentions food waste and composting, but the majority of the content is about plastic waste and single-use products.
  • The video's content ends at 5 minutes, 52 seconds.
  • The video begins with an advertisement.

Differentiation

  • Economics classes could create and execute a plan to reach out to local stores or companies to encourage them to reduce their waste.
  • Environmental clubs or student government groups could research options for starting a composting service in their school or community and then make a plan to fund the project.
  • Sociology and psychology classes could discuss the zero-waste movement and how zero-waste influencers appeal to certain demographics while excluding others.
  • Other resources on this topic include this activity and lesson plan on solutions for eliminating food waste, this video on living 30 days without single-use plastic, and this video on plastic pollution.
Scientist Notes
This resource video examines the zero-waste trend and highlights its true complexity. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (D2): Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world by comparing how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Personal Finance (F1): Students understand the principles and processes of personal finance by explaining how scarcity influences choices and relates to the market economy.
      • Global Connections (F2): Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by analyzing how resource distribution effects wealth, poverty, and other economic factors.
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