Waste Lesson Plans
Questions you will explore
- Where does our rubbish go when we throw it away (because there is no such place as 'away')?
- Who should be responsible for the rubbish we are making?
- Why do we have so much "stuff" in our lives and who is telling us that we need it all?
- What is happening in our oceans and how responsible should we be for the waste that is accruing?
- How is our relationship to waste defined by the country in which we live?
- What does it mean to live a 'zero-waste' life and how can we learn to do this?
Aims & Objectives:
Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will examine some of the global issues of waste production and removal, understanding the cycles of production, consumption and destruction and that we are involved in. Students will examine the roles of the individual and government in tackling waste, unpicking the notion of ethical consumption and understanding the impact of sustainable living on people and planet.