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Learning pack

Plastic waste and its environmental impact

Today, plastic is literally everywhere. It's wrapping our food and used in cosmetics, it piles up on beaches, streets and even in the oceans. Change is urgent - this learning pack shows why.

Plastic is everywhere and has become so much a part of our daily lives that it is hard to imagine how to manage without it. But the sheer volume of the material, coupled with its durability is becoming an ever-increasing problem. Getting rid of it is easier said than done. So how can we avoid it?

Our learning pack "Plastic waste and its environmental impact" provides teachers and students between the age of 12 and 16 with the necessary information to deal with the issue in depth. All materials are available for download and may be used by educational institutions for non-commercial purposes free of charge.

The learning pack includes:

  • 1 booklet for teachers (for classroom teaching) 
  • 1 workbook for participants (for distance learning) 
  • 14 picture cards
  • 5 films and 3 articles  (the links to the reports can be found in the teaching booklet and workbook)
  • 1 poster  

For in-person lessons:
Please begin by downloading the "booklet for teachers" when you are preparing your lessons. There you will find copies of all of the worksheets, including explanatory handouts and solutions. You will find the booklet available as a PDF file below under "Downloads."

For distance learning: 
When conducting lessons online, please also download the interactive "workbook for participants" along with the "booklet for teachers." You will find both under "Downloads." You may then send the workbook PDF file to participants as an email attachment. The workbook includes the worksheets but not the solutions. Participants may then complete their work alone on their computers, save the work and mail it back to you. Participants will require Acrobat Reader to complete the booklet. It is available here  to download for free.

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