Learn about the production of macro and microplastic, and how it ends up in our environments. Explore the negative impacts of plastic in our water bodies, in particular our oceans.
Learners will monitor their plastic waste on a weekly basis for a semester and take actions to reduce their plastic footprint.
Learn how policy can help transition to a circular economy by looking at various circular economy policies around the world.
Learn about the chemical conversion of plastic waste into energy. Explore Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre and learn how the facility manages its waste.
Explore ways in which plastic waste can be repurposed to create consumer goods by completing a make-remake activity (i.e., a design challenge to make something new out of recycled plastic).
Learn about plastic management and diversion in Canada and explore what our local municipalities are doing to address plastic pollution.
Learn about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and explore how a circular economy for plastics aligns with the climate action goals of a country.
Learn about biomimicry and how it can be used to design better products and systems to eliminate plastic waste.
Students will explore and understand the concept of ‘the commons’, and how greenhouse gas emissions are a ‘tragedy of the commons’ that make it challenging for countries to act alone. Students will explore the concept of Climate Justice and the need for collective action for addressing climate change.
Students will learn that there are no clear and easy policy answers- there are no policies that meet all potential criteria for ‘good’ climate change policy. Students will learn to think critically about climate policy options when they read about them in the media, and when presented by governments and stakeholders as preferred policy solutions.