The Hills Are Alive, with the Signs of Plastic

ENVIRONMENT A major new study found microplastics in soil across Switzerland. Scientists say more research is needed as other countries may be worse affected. (The Guardian) Learn a little about land pollution with our reference resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new survey reported finding microplastics in 90% of the soils sampled in … Continue reading The Hills Are Alive, with the Signs of Plastic

Seal Scat, Plastic Pollution

ENVIRONMENT Tiny pieces of plastics are turning up in the feces of seals that feed on whole fish, demonstrating how seaborne contamination can move up the food chain. (Seeker) Use our inquiry-based activity to help guide student discussion about human impact on ocean animals. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research documents the presence … Continue reading Seal Scat, Plastic Pollution

Just 10 Rivers Contribute Up to 95% of River-Based Ocean Pollution

ENVIRONMENT Just 10 rivers may be responsible for dumping almost four million tonnes of plastic into the ocean every year. (Cosmos) Use our activity to help students trace the sources and impacts of marine debris. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s great MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Before reading the Cosmos article, read through our … Continue reading Just 10 Rivers Contribute Up to 95% of River-Based Ocean Pollution

Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists

Tina Genay, this week’s Educator of the Week, empowered her students to become environmental engineers and artists who are tackling the issue of plastic in the ocean. Tina is a school librarian at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary in Winchester, Virginia. What’s it like to be an elementary school librarian? I love my job. I love books. I love promoting a love of reading, and … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists

Saving Our Rivers and Oceans… One Straw at a Time

Hi! It’s Olivia from One More Generation here. Did you know that in America alone we are using over 500,000,000 plastic straws every single day? That’s right: 500 million. That’s 1.6 straws for every man, woman, and child living in this country—and the sad part is that virtually no straws ever get recycled. If you took all the straws we use in just one day, you … Continue reading Saving Our Rivers and Oceans… One Straw at a Time