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Team Marine - Young Voices for the Planet

Author: Young Voices for the Planet
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Climate Action
Resource Types:
  • Video, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Video, 4 minutes, CC, Subtitles
  • Article
  • 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.
Teaching Tips


  • This video will inspire students and show them that they have the power to make a difference.

Additional Prerequisites

  • 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.
  • Other resources on this topic include this activity on creating a reusable shopping bag swap station, this TED-Ed video that compares paper, plastic, and cloth bags, and this video on the plastic pollution problem
Scientist Notes
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.
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