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Kids Against Plastic

Raising awareness of the negative effects of petroleum plastic on the environment.

 

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Life in our oceans, rivers - and even on land - is at risk from plastic pollution.

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A n important part of doing your bit and changing the world for the better is to be interested, informed and reflective. So, we’ve put together a collection of resources that we hope will be helpful.

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Great British Beach Clean (Source to Sea)

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Great British Beach Clean Source to Sea, is an exciting project from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) taking place across the UK between Friday 18th and Friday 25th September 2020. This year, MCS are taking the learning inland, local and online, so you…

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Environmental Impact of a Plastic Bottle

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Annotated images to show the resources/ materials that are used to produce single-use plastic. A great resource to support discussion about single-use plastic

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Greenhouse Gases

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A matching activity to support research about four main greenhouse gases. Children can identify different sources of greenhouse gases and also discuss ways to reduce emissions. Images could be used…

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Plastic Life Cycle and Greenhouse Gases

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Data (bar graph) to show the greenhouse gases produced by the plastic life cycle and projected emissions if plastic production continues. This resource can support data interpretation, making predictions and…

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The Life of Single-Use Plastic

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Simple explanations of the journey of single-use plastic, from the extraction of oil, to the production of plastic, to the management of plastic waste. This resource can be used to…

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Where Does Plastic Go?

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Matching activity to show the different disposal methods for plastic waste. Children could match the images and descriptions, rank the disposal methods according to the greenhouse gas emissions they create…

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Environment discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the ‘Where Does Plastic Go?‘ lesson

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Incineration discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the ‘Where Does Plastic Go?‘ lesson

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Landfill discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the ‘Where Does Plastic Go?‘ lesson

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Recycling discussion stimulus image

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Use this image as a discussion prompt or as part of the ‘Where Does Plastic Go?‘ lesson

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Face mask infograph

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A simple infographic showing the impact non-reusable face masks are having on the environment.
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Why we shouldn’t use single-use face masks (PPE)

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Every Month, 129 Billion Face Masks are dumped into our Environment According to French clean-up charity Opération Mer Propre “There risks being more masks than jellyfish,” But as the global health emergency has taken priority, the battle to reduce plastic waste has been sidelined by both governments and the public. And several governments including the UK and Portugal have delayed bans on single-use plastics amid concerns around the transmission of Covid-19.
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Sustainability activities for young children

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Big Dreams, Little Footprints is a new series of beautifully curated how-to books for busy, weary parents on how to guide and inspire their children to stand up for the…

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Plastic Free July

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Every year millions of people around the globe take part in the Plastic Free July challenge, choosing to refuse single-use plastics and drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste ending…

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Infographic – Toys and Plastic

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A colourful and engaging infographic explaining the environmental impact plastic toys can have on the environment. Credit: Stuart Loach, Envirotoy

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Envirotoy – a plastic free toy shop

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Why did we set up a plastic free toy shop? By Stuart Loach, founder of Envirotoy. In the summer of 2019 I was deciding the next path to take in…

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Global Youth Climate Strikes: Demand Action Now

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Youth have been protesting all around the world over inaction on climate change. Join a global movement pushing for change. Became a Youth Ambassador and learn more at realfoodsystems.org.

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What is Climate Change?

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The Earth’s climate has changed many times in response to natural factors. But over the course of the last century we have seen an unusual rise in the average global…

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The Greenhouse Effect – an investigation

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In this investigation the pupils will learn about the greenhouse effect/ global warming and how scientists consider that the increase in carbon dioxide and other gases contributes to the increase…

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Global Warming – explained

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Global warming could do more than just melt polar ice. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands. An educational video from National Geographic.

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The Effects of CO2 – Investigation

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A teaching resource (lesson plan / learning flow) designed to help children observe and consider the effects of carbon dioxide on temperature. Pupils will learn about the greenhouse effect/ global…

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Climate Change Learning Resources Bundle

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These resources were created by Paul Tyler for a school open day and comprise 6 linked activities, which were done by groups of pupils in rotation. The resources could also be used as part of individual lessons or as a carousel of activities within a lesson to support children’s enquiries and/ or research.
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Learning about Climate Change

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Climate change is the long-term shift in average weather patterns across the world. Humans have contributed to the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air through a range of practices, including burning fossil fuels, driving vehicles or industry. Scientists believe that this is contributing to increased global temperatures and long-term changes to climate. We have detailed a range of sources of information to support teachers and to support children with their own research and then we have directed to teaching and learning resources that can be used in the classroom, or for home learning.
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Plastic: It’s impact on wildlife

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Plastic, once discarded, is often thought of as being out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the wildlife we share the planet with! Learn more…

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Introducing the Plastics

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Use this PDF to find out about single-use plastics – plastic items that are used once and thrown away soon after. NB. This PDF is an extract from Amy and Ella’s…

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A KAP Guide to Litter Picking

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It’s important to be careful when picking up rubbish – sometimes there are items or places it is best to avoid. So, here are some of Amy and Ella’s top…

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Plastic Under the Microscope

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Plastics are all made from human-made materials, created from lots and lots of chemicals, and some of these chemicals can be very dangerous. Find out more with this illustrated PDF…

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Kids Against Plastic talk about plastic and the airline industry

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Recorded at Geneva airport before Amy and Ella headed back home after presenting at the Young Activist Summit at the UN HQ on December 10th 2019.

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Investigating Plastic Pollution in the Remote Islands of the Azores

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On a recent trip to the Portuguese islands of The Azores, the Kids Against Plastic team saw it not so much as a holiday, but an opportunity to investigate if...
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Sea Turtles of Costa Rica

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This resource introduces students to the sea turtles of Costa Rica and the importance of their habitat, assesses the dangers that they face and encourages students to consider how they…

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Eliminating problem plastics… by 2020!

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The UK Plastics Pact are tackling the issue of problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic, changing how we make, use, reuse and recycle these items. 2020 is fast approaching… just over…

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Plastic Microfibres – from washer to river to ocean

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Amy investigates what happens if  microfibres are released from our clothes when they are washed in a washing machine, and if they are, what happens to the fibres once they enter…

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Will we recycle our way out of a plastic crisis?

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With the current governmental push for a deposit return scheme, and a continuous reliance on recycling as the answer to our plastic consumption, should we really be focussing all our…

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KS2 Upper – Workshop 4 – Learning about plastic

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The final workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on human impact on the oceans, microplastics and how to conduct a survey in the field.
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KS2 Lower – Workshop 3 – Learning about plastic

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Third workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on collecting and presenting data, life cycles and alternatives to single-use plastic.
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KS1 Upper – Workshop 2 – Learning about plastic

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Second workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on animals, habitats and ocean plastics.
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KS1 Lower – Workshop 1 – Learning about plastic

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First workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on animals, what they eat and an introduction to issues around plastic pollution.
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Plastic Free Oceans – as you sow

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Big corporations that use billions of tonnes of single-use plastic a year globally are a BIG part of the single-use plastic disaster, but as this video shows, when shareholders demand…

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KS2 Plastic Hazard

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A 'hands-on' (or should it be 'bands-on') practical lesson looking at how certain man-made material hazards (litter) can restrict an animal's ability to feed properly.
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KS2 Feeding Time

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A stimulating and practical KS2 lesson to demonstrate the problems plastic and other harmful materials might pose for beak feeding animals (who accidentally ingest them when they 'grab' feed).
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Margarita Talep develops algae-based alternative to single-use plastic packaging

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Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Report by Dezeen.com
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A Plastic Ocean Assembly for KS3 – ppt file

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A Powerpoint presentation made by students of Haydon Eco Club. The students created and used this as part of their KS2 / KS3 Transition Project. For more information about the…

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KS2 / KS3 Plastic Clever Transition Project – case-study

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Haydon School Eco Club Karen Norton and her students ran an amazing project with her Eco Club that not only raised awareness and understanding of the issues associated with single-use plastic,…

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Plastic Free Christmas Decorations

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Here are some plastic-free Christmas tree decorations you can have a go at making - they are ideal for a gift for somebody, or for your own tree. Also featured...
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#NObutts infograph

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Here is an infographic we've been working on for a while to raise awareness of cigarette butts, both as a source of plastic litter but also as a threat to our health and freshwater and marine life. We've split this infographic across 3 sides of A4 so that you can easily print them out and trim them before making a large version of this information for your classroom or display boards.
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Microfibres – problem and solution pt 2

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Part 2 of a two-part blog post about plastic microfibres that are shed from our everyday clothing and the impact they have on our rivers and oceans. Check out this...
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Microfibres – problem and solution

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Plastic microfibres from our clothes are a big BIG problem. So, we are really happy that there is a company that is trying to reduce this problem on a bigger scale through its washing machine filters. Find out more.
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Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's leading marine environment, not-for-profit organisation. It works for the increased protection of the seas around the United Kingdom. Watch this video to find out more about an important charity and its dedicated staff and volunteers.
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The Story of Microfibres

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Learn about the hidden horror that are man-made material microfibres - tiny pieces of plastic clothing fibres that get washed out of our clothes, and into our waterways, each time we wash them.
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Laundry ball that catches nasty microfibres

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‘Cora Ball’ was inspired by corals that filter ocean water. This laundry ball will help capture microfibres when you do your laundry. It can even pick up hair. This nature-inspired…

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What’s the problem with microfibres?

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Find out about the hidden but dangerous problem of microfibre plastic pollution.
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The One Thing Missing from Beach Cleanups

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Cleanups are a great way to remove plastic pollution already on the beach, but how do we stop it from getting there in the first place?
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What is sustainable development?

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A short animated film produced to support Sustainable Development learning. Watch and find out just what sustainable development really means.
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Tell Everybody

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There's never been a more appropriate time to remind everybody about the UN Global Goals and the need to learn about them, raise awareness, and most importantly ... to DO something.
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Ways to reduce your plastic waste

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A pdf – perfect for use as a poster – showing some easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate in your everyday life.

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12,000 tons of rubbish collected from an Indian beach

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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A message for kids, from kids (against plastic)

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Amy and Ella recorded this video a couple of years ago when they were invited to speak in schools around the UK but couldn’t make it. The girls might look…

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School Uniforms made from plastic bottles

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David Luke make Eco school uniforms from plastic bottles, turning waste into up cycled stylish and practical clothing. This film shows how they now have the ability to make sweatshirts, cardigans,…

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King of the Trash Hill

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A thought-provoking photograph showing a bulldozer working on a landfill site.

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Reusable water bottles with built-in filtration

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Could reusable water bottles with built-in purification filters offer more than just a travel solution? Would their use reduce the number of plastic bottles sold and littered? Find out more…

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A message from the deep

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A short but very powerful film about how a whale - dying from plastic ingestion - is seemingly trying to communicate this (and perhaps more) to the humans that found it.
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Recycling myths busted: what can you actually recycle?

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There are many myths about what can be and what is (two very different things) be recycled - this resource from Hull University busts some of those myths.
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Plastic’s Journey in our waterways

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A very informative infographic about our relationship (reliance) on plastic and the realities of where and how it ends up in our environment.
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What happens to plastic you throw away?

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We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away?
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The Plastic Bank – social plastic

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The Plastic Bank is a for-profit social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to help reduce global poverty while stopping plastic from entering the ocean.
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Sky invests in plastic bottle solution

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Sky News looks at a new project that could help tackle the global plastic pollution crisis. But is this the solution to replace single-use plastic bottles? Take a look and see what you think.
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Plastic Microfibres Slideshow

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This slideshow shows, under a microscope, some of the plastic microfibres we wash into our waterways when we wash our clothes.
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How to make the UK a Plastic Clever Nation

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Be Plastic Clever We all have a part to play in contributing towards turning the plastic tide. In our TEDx talk at Exeter, Kids Against Plastic set out their Plastic…

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Plastic Clever Scouts and Guides

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A case study and guide for becoming a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group. Thanks to Hannah Marsh and the 1st Thatcham Guides, we have just made available a case study and activity guide for any Scout or Guide group wanting become Plastic Clever.
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Make a pet shark

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A fun creative activity to make a pet shark. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Match the Rays

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A really tricky matching activity. Created by National Marine Aquarium (NMA).

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Albatrosses are ingesting plastic

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Concerns about plastic pollution and specifically how it is affecting the health of Albatrosses. A short film made by Blue Planet II.

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100 Pieces of Plastic

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A Key Stage 1 maths lesson based round the collection of 100 pieces of plastic litter.
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Drones used in fight against plastic pollution on UK beaches

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A new initiative is combining drones, tidal studies and navigation technology to try and work out where the millions of tonnes of plastic we dump in the sea ends up.
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Intere’sting’ Facts and Information about Rays and Skates

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An amazing visual resource introducing and explaining about Swordfish (and their rostrum).
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Writing Ideas for KS1

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A KS1 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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Investigating Plastic Pollution – The Basics

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An excellent video by Algalita a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of the marine environment. The video covers plastic (as a material) the issues associated with plastic pollution, and some…

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Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and his Fantastic Friends

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A funny audiobook, written by Georgina Stevens, narrated by Jeremy Irons, about a Tiger Shark named Finn, who gets into a spot of bother.  Also featuring a brand new, beautiful…

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KS2 Writing Ideas

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A KS2 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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The UN Global Goals

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A lesson guide that introduces the UN's Global Goals as a stimulus for learning about environmental and humanitarian issues, leading to the pupils thinking about they can contribute towards the Goals through their own actions and activities.
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Trash Islands

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A lesson that uses research about the Great Pacific Trash Island (gyre) to investigate the effects of plastic pollution.
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Pros and Cons

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A KS2 lesson that encourages pupils to consider the Pros and Cons of plastic before making and justifying a personal opinion about the positive and negatives associated with plastic.
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Plastic Quiz

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A hands-on activity that requires the application of knowledge and skills to classify a selection of products based on whether they contain plastic or not. The work on 'environmental impact', 'recyclability' and 'sustainability' make this a rich and engaging lesson.
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Plastic Recycling Process

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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials.
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Plastic Pioneers

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An interesting lesson about the different groups / scientists that lead the early work that led to the creation of plastic, and how evidence is used to support or refute science.
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Plastic Facts

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A KS2 lesson that focuses on developing speaking and listening skills and how to use facts and figures during discussions and debates.
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