Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Climate Action
Video, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
Video, 4 minutes, CC, Subtitles
This video explains how a group of high school students in Santa Monica, California worked together to raise awareness about plastic waste, clean up beaches, and ultimately get single-use plastic bags banned in Santa Monica.
The accompanying article provides students with action items they can take to ban plastic bags in their communities.
The resource also includes a funny mockumentary about plastic bags in the wild.
This video will inspire students and show them that they have the power to make a difference.
Students should understand how the use of petroleum in plastic manufacturing contributes to climate change.
Civics classes could research single-use plastic laws in their communities and find out who they could contact to propose a plastic bag ban.
Biology classes could research how plastic waste affects ocean ecosystems. Students could make slideshow presentations to present their findings to the class and the community.
This resource is a video and webpage created by Team Marine, a youth group advocating for marine protection and climate change action. The video is well produced and inspiring and is a good example of how youth can advocate and drive action. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Civics
D2.Civ.2.6-8 Explain specific roles played by citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and office-holders).
D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
D2.Civ.13.6-8 Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in multiple settings.
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.