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Big Ocean, Big Mess: Marine Debris Lessons for Kids

COMMUNITY CENTERGreen EducationMay 11, 2020Rebekah Eastep

Author: Rebekah Eastep

It was the turtle seen around the world. In 2015, marine conservation biologist Christine Figgener posted a now viral video of an olive ridley sea turtle with a nearly five inch straw lodged in its nostril. One video sparked a movement. Ever since, single use plastics like straws have been targeted in the fight against litter and marine debris. Because plastic persists for hundreds of years, making sure it ends up in the proper trash or recycling receptacle and not on the ground is very important. But most important of all is reducing our use of single use plastics to begin with. This week’s easy environmental lesson plan covers the issue of litter and marine debris from land to sea, discussing the negative environmental impacts and the simple ways we can all make a difference. Choose to Refuse logo

Week Seven: Litter & Marine Debris

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