“Societal decisions made about waste management affect communities and the environment”. That is the central idea for the recent unit. Our unit is now over! The unit was How We Organise Ourselves and we were focusing on waste management. The different waste management strategies are: Recycling,
Here is a brainpop video about waste management and here is another brainpop video about recycling. Our summative assessments were quite hard……we had to:
1) Do a speech related to waste management (the teacher will give you your role which you have to debate as) in front of the whole class (my role was a plastics recycling entrepreneur)
2) Answer this question using any format you like: What impact can different waste management strategies have on communities and the environment? (I chose to do a story which the main characters were the 3 little pigs).
Some highlights of the unit included: going to the landfill (I wrote about the trip, you can find the link here), breaking down the central idea (I thought that was kind of fun), and many others.
I learned a lot of things, like: the 6 different waste management strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of the waste management strategies, what impact they can have, how we can recycle plastic, the different perspectives that people can have about the waste management strategies, some waste management statistics……
Here are some cool facts that I found out by researching for my speech:
-we throw 10 billion plastic bottles away per year
-we throw around 2.5 million bottles every hour
-by recycling 1 plastic bottle you can power your house for 6 hours, so if we recycle all of our plastic bottles we could power our house for a really long time
-only 10% of plastic bottles created are recycled
-plastic has a lot of harmful chemicals in it (like cadmium, PVC, colorings and stabilizers)
As I said in my landfill trip post, I really think that we should think carefully about which waste management strategy we use, because then we can help make a big difference in the world.