We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue.
We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.
Together we can change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging our perceptions that plastics can be treated as ‘disposable’. With commitment and action for change we can make a difference to the health of our oceans, marine life, and the environment in general.
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Access the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority
The Drastic Plastic project has six stages allowing students to explore the life cycle of plastics and its potential ecological impacts, particularly in marine environments. Classes will have the opportunity to develop a community action project which will be shared and celebrated with schools from across the world. The project provides a real world opportunity for students to engage in collaborative action on the UN Sustainability Goals.
All project information and collaboration will occur within the iEARN collaborative forums (details to be announced).
The project will commence in March and run till the end of Semester One, 2018.
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