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Author

Our Changing Climate

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 7 minutes, 10 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Why We Should Rethink Zero Waste

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Synopsis
  • This video from Our Changing Climate highlights the zero-waste movement and alternative solutions to our relationship with plastics and waste. 
  • Students will learn the benefits of going zero-waste, the structural difficulties of living a zero-waste lifestyle, and alternative solutions that are more inclusive and get closer to the source of the problem. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video acknowledges that zero-waste lifestyles can feel unachievable for some people and offers alternative solutions.
  • The video takes a global perspective on our relationship with waste.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video mentions food waste and composting, but the majority of the content is about plastic waste and single-use products.
  • The video's content ends at 5 minutes, 52 seconds.
  • The video begins with an advertisement.

Differentiation

  • Economics classes could create and execute a plan to reach out to local stores or companies to encourage them to reduce their waste.
  • Environmental clubs or student government groups could research options for starting a composting service in their school or community and then make a plan to fund the project.
  • Sociology and psychology classes could discuss the zero-waste movement and how zero-waste influencers appeal to certain demographics while excluding others.
  • Other resources on this topic include this activity and lesson plan on solutions for eliminating food waste, this video on living 30 days without single-use plastic, and this video on plastic pollution.
Scientist Notes
This resource video examines the zero-waste trend and highlights its true complexity. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics (K-8)
      • 7.8 Examine how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
      • 8.13 Assess the function of imports, exports, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
    • Economics: Global Economy (9-12)
      • HS.24 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, labor conditions, human rights, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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