Captain Charles Moore explains the problem of plastic in the oceans, and just as importantly – how we got there. See below for suggestions on integration into the curriculum.
Plastic pollution and Captain Moore’s video provide some great opportunities and introduction for exploration of wider themes and key topic areas in many subjects:
The increase in plastic pollution is a great example of exponential equations in action.
Design & Technology
How do plastics break down in the environment? What is a biodegradable plastic? Does using biodegradable plastics make a difference in a country where our waste is burned? What is the lifecycle of recycled plastic?
What are the impacts on our food chain of plastic? A substance that not only stays in the environment for a long time, but can act as a sponge for Persistent Organinic Pollutants (POP) and heavy metals?
What other examples in Singapore’s history are there where we’ve had to deal with a growing waste problem, and how did we cope and adapt?
What is it that Captain Moore uses to make his talk and video striking?
Values In Action (VIA)
Do a clean-up on a beach or in your community, then reflect on the root of the problem. Is it a systemic problem (as argued in Moore’s NY Times article), is there a problem with the way we value the land, our oceans and community? What are the implications for a society when much of what we use, even our handphones, are disposable.