These activities reveal the impact of human activity on climate change and suggest how we can grow plants in a way that helps to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Using biodegradable seedling pots is one way we can recycle and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills. Students learn about plant structures and their functions, and how their small actions can reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change. Students also investigate and explore the implications of the greenhouse effect.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the average North American will produce 600 times their own weight in garbage over their lifetime. A 68kg person will leave behind a 40,825 trash legacy. By altering daily practices, such how an individual packs their lunch for school or work, a significant amount of waste can be prevented from entering the landfill. In this lesson, students identify the amount of waste they produce in their lunch and establish classroom goals for waste reduction.
Unlike garbage, recyclable materials can be broken down and rebuilt into new items like pillow stuffing, traffic cones or even the lining in ski jackets! Recycling or reusing items reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. In this lesson, students will investigate the environmental importance of recycling and the impact of waste.
Decomposers play an important role in the circle of life—without them, waste would just pile up! These activities help students study decomposers, with particular relevance to recycling and sustainability.