Public Hearing: Plastic Pollution Policy

Cover of Plastic Pollution and You: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Explore Our Role in Plastic Pollution.

In this activity, students will have the opportunity to research and present different perspectives from community members considering a policy on plastic bags. They will utilize a ‘town hall’ style role play to voice the opinions of their character and then together work to decide if their community will or will not implement a policy on plastic bags. This activity is an exercise in research, public speaking, civic duty, and learning about the roles in community participation.

“Plastic Pollution and You,” published by New York Sea Grant, is a 15-lesson curriculum focused on marine debris sources, impacts, and solutions. These hands-on lessons and activities help students learn the different types of plastics, their impact on marine and freshwater ecosystems, and about ways to address and prevent plastic pollution. Interdisciplinary elements of this curriculum include policy research, environmental justice, and effective outreach and communication strategies. The curriculum is designed to be appropriate for multiple grade levels, meet New York State and Next Generation Science Standards, and align with several regional environmental action plans. Educators from New York who are interested in getting involved in future revisions to the curriculum can connect with New York Sea Grant through their website.

To learn more about “Plastic Pollution and You,” including an instructional webinar reviewing the units and lessons, visit the New York Sea Grant website.

Lesson Plans
Marine Debris Topics:  
• Types and Sources  
• Solutions  
Audience:  
• Grade 9-12  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:  
• ESS3: Earth and Human Activity  
Subject:  
• Language Arts  
• Social Studies  
• Earth Science  
• Life Science  
Special Categories:  
• Student Advocacy  
• Research  
NOAA Regions:   • Great Lakes  • Mid-Atlantic
Last updated Mon, 05/13/2024 - 01:59 pm EDT