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How Much Plastic Is in the Ocean?

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  • This video on plastic pollution explains why plastic is in our oceans, how much plastic pollution goes into the oceans, and what happens to it as it breaks into smaller pieces over time.
  • The video gives tips for how we can help keep plastic out of our oceans by buying less plastic, using less plastic, recycling or donating items, rethinking how we use plastic, repairing items instead of replacing them, and refusing to use single-use plastic when possible.
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  • This video provides a clear and concise overview of plastic pollution.
  • The video inspires action by giving tangible steps students can take to reduce their consumption of plastic and help minimize plastic pollution in our oceans.

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Scientist Notes
This video identifies 6Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Repair and Refuse) for controlling plastic pollution. Since the introduction of plastic, the use of plastic has increased and this has posed a cascading effect on marine resources, marine ecosystems, and the health of animals and humans. This resource is recommended, as it provides insights for students to internalize and practice the 6Rs.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
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