Students learn about the issue of marine debris through the investigation of society's consumption habits, product design and the complexity involved in the degradation of everyday items. The extent of the marine debris problem is looked at through viewing the ocean as an ecosystem and learning about the food chain and ocean currents, while hands-on beach clean-up and data collection activities provide links beyond the classroom and encourage students to reflect on what it means to be sustainable. Student engagement is increased with creative and IT components being an integrative part of the unit.
Students learn what marine debris is and why it is a problem through exploration of the ocean as an ecosystem while covering indigenous concepts of interconnectedness and respect for the environment. Relationships of cause and effect are explored through hands-on scientific activities and reflection encouraged by development of a local Source Reduction Plan.
Students make connections between everyday items, daily human activities and marine debris while investigating what happens to rubbish once it's in the ocean and how this affects marine life and humans. Students are empowered to become part of the solution through hands-on beach clean-up activities, source reduction planning and communication through creative expressions.