Created in 2010, but still relevant. Good background for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Teach: An original lesson plan on plastic pollution and a list of sources.
Resources from PBS Learning Media on the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. You will need to create an account, but there is a wealth of resources available.
Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That's the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage -- which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse "social plastic" in their products. Join David Katz to learn more about this step towards closing the loop in the circular economy. "Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity's richest opportunity," Katz says.
How individuals can reduce plastic pollution.
Despite the vastness of Earth’s oceans, plastic pollutants are turning up everywhere, from the deep sea to the Arctic ice pack. In this short film from filmmaker Chris Hanson, 17 Hawaiian students study the impact of plastic pollution on their local beaches
In this Flipside Science unit, we'll dive into the issues affecting our oceanic resources and biodiversity. Resources from the California Academy of Sciences.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-really-happens-to-the-plastic-you-throw-away-emma-bryce
Plastic - both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most is never recycled ... (Video - United Nations)
She says we're falling behind many other parts of the world. (MSN)
Rethinking the global plastics economy and how we can implement a plastic packaging system change.
It's not just for fun, it's for the turtles and Greenpeace. (Stuff) There is also a Seven Sharp video for this from 22 Feb
New Zealand Science Teacher is a unique publication that proudly celebrates local scientific and education endeavour. Articles relating to the issue of plastic waste in the ocean.
Sam Neill has appeared in a Facebook video shoveling a plastic bag into his mouth with surprising intensity. (Spy - NZ Herald)
New Zealand's clean green image is a thing of the past. (NZ Herald)
Former PM and actor back campaign fighting "devastating impact" of single-use plastics in NZ. (Stuff)
Plastic has many uses - but have we made too much and what can we do about it? (NZ Herald)