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Activities

Activity: Audit your plastic habit and find out where your waste goes.

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Activity development:

As a group, with friends or your class at school, use the "Clean Seas Guide" (below) to audit your plastic habits and take action to reduce your plastic usage. Can you, both individually and collectively, manage a 50 percent reduction of plastic use? This will mean reducing, reusing or replacing your plastic items. Create a blog or Instagram campaign to highlight your progress and share it with the wider community • Start auditing your plastic and continue to do so for a month • Get 5 additional people to audit their plastic for a month • Manage to reduce your plastic usage by 50 percent after a month

Clean Seas Guide

Activity: Litter...Why does it matter?

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Summary:

This activity helps the participants to understand:

• the impact of littering

• the Correlation of plastic pollution with littering

Activity development:

Littering is one of the biggest environmental as well as a social challenge faced today. It is important for young pteople to know about the impacts of littering as plastic is present in every product that is bought. This activity will help young people understand how litter contributes to the problem of plastic pollution. The participants need to be shown a short film about littering and the impact of plastic pollution mainly on wildlife and marine organisms. They should also be briefed about how littering contributes to plastic pollution.

Steps:

  1. The facilitator should facilitate a discussion with young people about the problems associated with littering and how it leads to plastic pollution.
  2. The participants then should be asked to monitor littering behavior of people. They could choose to monitor littering on roads, in commercial places, in open places and parks or in schools.
  3. The participants select a suitable spot which they think might have a littering problem.
  4. The facilitator should guide the participants to “observe people’s behavior of littering” at that spot.

Some indicators for observation could include: • Are there waste bins in this spot? • Whether people throw waste in the waste bins? • The type of material littered most frequently? • Was the littered material consumed by any animal?

Following this,participants should track how littering leads to a set of problems which ultimately contribute to polluting the land, water and atmosphere. Based on their observations and background research, the participants should write their views in the form of an essay depicting the correlation between littering and plastic pollution. The participants will be able to co-relate how littering behavior contributes to the problem of plastic pollution. Discuss the impacts of littering

Activity: Litter Blitz

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Summary:

This activity helps the participants to identify the causes of trigger littering and perspective of people towards litter and how it affects them.

Activity development:

Litter is an environmental as well as a social challenge. It is important to know the reason behind this behavior. This activity will give an idea about littering behavior to the participants. This questionnaire can help young people know about certain challenges associated with the habit of littering.

Steps:

  1. The facilitator should divide the young people into groups so that each group would have 4-5 members.

  2. The facilitator should ask the groups to select a spot and conduct a local survey. The young people can also do it individually at public spots near their respective homes.

  3. Each group will survey 2-3 spots and interview people of different age groups. They may interview around 10 people at each spot.

  4. The participants should compile their individual results with their group and make a data sheet.

  5. The groups should then compare their data with the other groups

  6. Conclusion: The data that is generated as a result will help young people understand how peoples’ attitude differs when it comes to littering. The participants will also learn some triggering factors due to which people litter.

  7. Evaluation: Discuss the triggering factors due to which people litter

Litter Survey

Activity: Regulating the use of plastics

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Summary:

This activity helps young people understand how laws are made in a parliamentary process and how different points of view need to be solicited and incorporated before it is approved in the legislature.

Activity development:

Laws play an important role in regulating the use and disposal of plastics. For instance, India has regulations regarding the use of plastic bags below 50 microns. This activity is designed to create a discussion in class about developing a set of rules for the school that will help reduce the use of plastics and its appropriate disposal.

Before you begin

The following questions such can be used for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to get unanimity on the plastic policy?

  2. Is there any part of the suggested rules that might affect some participants unfairly? If yes, how can the rules be modified to avoid doing so?

This activity will also help the young people to comprehend the need for and impact of laws and regulations on the plastic use and disposal.

Activity: Making a poster on marine pollution

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Summary:

This activity helps the participants to communicate awareness through a creative exercise about plastic pollution in the oceans.

Activity development:

While plastic pollution affects all life on the planet, the situation in the ocean is particularly bad. This is because the ocean is the final sink for all the plastics that flow into the rivers and eventually into the sea. If access to the internet is available, there is considerable information available online about marine pollution along with graphic images of the damage it is doing to our oceans and marine life. This activity aims to get young people to make a poster about marine pollution.

Two options are given.

Before you begin:

The facilitator can introduce the issue of marine pollution and ask young people how and why it happens, whether they know the extent of it and the possible harm it causes. The facilitator can then instruct them about the activity and get them started on developing a poster that will create awareness on this issue.

Use the #CleanSeas hashtag to share your signs with us on scouts.org

Continue taking action by planning and executing a community service project. click below for resources and examples

Community service project

Share your progress on social media and don't forget to tag us!

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