Participants at a GIFT workshop (Credit: Jane Robb/EGU)

Educational resource Microplastic pollution: how bad is it and what can we do to solve it?

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Microplastic pollution: how bad is it and what can we do to solve it?

Associated division
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Language
English

Age groups
11-15
16-18

Type of activities
Classroom
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Description

Plastics have always been notorious for their damaging effect on the environment, not least because of how slowly they degrade, so improving understanding of microplastics pollution in the environment – particularly in aquatic and marine ecosystems – is essential.

Teach your students about citizen science and inspire them to get involved with The Big Microplastic Survey.

Included is a summary of a current research project and an interview with marine chemist, Prof Jay Brandes, and environmental educator, Dodie Sanders. The activity sheet includes discussion points – eight questions the students can answer in groups or individually –, and links to projects that your students can get involved with.