Enough talking. It's time to act to develop your competencies.
Activity: Movie Night
To learn more about the plastic problem, the facilitator will introduce some educational videos to the participants! Here are a couple worth checking out:
Activity: Video Game
"Dumb Ways to Kill Oceans" is a small but mighty mini-game highlighting some of the biggest challenges faced by our oceans. Get inspired by the game and make small changes to your own lives that can help make our oceans and our planet a healthier one for everyone. Click the link below to play:
When you're done, invite three of your friends to also play the game
Activity: Bottle Cap Mosaic Art & Craft
The caps of plastic bottles come in varieties of colours and sizes. These caps can be used creatively in art and craft activities with your friends.
- Find a piece of cardboard
- Sketch a design on the cardboard. They can arrange the bottle caps around the sketch and glue them on to the cardboard. You can use the coloured markers to highlight or create details.
- Display your artwork proudly
- Can you come up with other creative ideas for the reuse of plastic waste?
Activity: Plastic Beginnings (Then and Now)
Summary:This activity helps young people understand that much of the plastic use, which is treated as essential, is a relatively recent phenomenon
Activity development: Many children, as they grow up, take the current use and disposal of plastic for granted. Milk in pouches, use and throw pens, polythene carry bags to bring purchases in, are a part of how they have seen it happening around them. It can often be a discovery for them when they come to know that this was not the case during their parents’ and grandparents’ time.
Plastics, because of their very nature, have over the years become an intrinsic part of life. Young people need to understand why people have shifted to plastics and whether there are still some alternatives which are possible to use.
- The facilitator should write the names of commonly used disposable plastic items at home on the black board. Each participant should be asked to give one name and once everyone has contributed, anyone can add more names if needed.
- The facilitator should share the Home Survey Sheet with the participants and explain how they should use it.
- The participants should fill up the survey sheet after discussion with their grand-parents, parents and siblings. The list they made in the class can be used as a reference to discuss with the respondents to understand whether the items in it were the same in each generation or a different item was used for the same purpose.
- The facilitator should discuss the timeline of these items in class as to when the use of a particular disposable plastic item began and in which generation.
- The facilitator should discuss in groups the possible reasons for why plastic items replaced natural products or have become such an intrinsic part of life.
- Conclusion: At the end of this activity, the participants will be able to understand that plastic use is relatively a new phenomenon and many of the naturally degradable products used earlier that were replaced by non-biodegradable disposable plastic products can still be used in the place of plastics.
- Evaluation: Discuss the alternatives and check which one of the participants think can be easily replaced
Activity: Plastic Resolution
• With your group, talk through how you are taking action to reduce your plastic habits and come up with three things that you can do collectively to make a difference.
• Share photos and ideas and then re-group to check on your progress in two weeks’ time. How much have you reduced your plastic use?
• Some ideas to get your wheels turning: Ditch plastic straws, bring reusable bags with you everywhere and bring your own containers when your order takes off.
• Maintain the group and stick to its goals for three weeks
Activity: Upcycling Art
Activity development: Discover your creative side! Collect as much discarded plastic as you can and try to make art or a craft out of it. Can you make a cool collage? A bracelet?
• In your meeting or event, put up segregations trash cans, Segregate and pick some of your household plastic waste before it reaches the trash bin
• Make a piece of art out of discarded plastics and share it on social media using the hashtag
• Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning 12 Inspiring Works of Art on Plastic Pollution
Activity: Learning by Doing
This activity encourages young people to understand about reuse and recycling through activity
Who does the grocery shopping in your home? Place a sign together with reusable bags in the car or right by the door, so whoever does the shopping will have them on hand.
Follow these steps to make a reusable shopping bag from a t-shirt:
Make the bag and use it the next time you go shopping with your family.
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