Module 2, Lesson 1: Pass on Plastics?

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It’s hard to imagine a world without plastic yet we see a world full of it and the increasingly negative press it’s received in society.  Recently, Canada was criticized internationally for dumping its “recyclable” plastics, all contaminated waste, on the doorstep of the Philippines; a common practice industrialized nations are resorting to for managing waste.  We see photos and videos of marine life entangled in plastic debris and the Great Pacific “Garbage Patch” now grown larger than the size of Texas. Does plastic deserve its bad reputation? Can it play an important role in building sustainable communities?  The set of activities in this lesson will allow students to learn more about plastics and determine whether society should pass on the plastics?

Key terms: Plastic, recycling, Canadian garbage in the Philippines, Grade 9 Geography