Plastic Pollution

  1. This week’s assignment contains an imaginary scenario in which you will demonstrate your knowledge of the concepts presented in this course.
  2. Scenario: Your friend, an 8th-grade earth science teacher at the local middle school, is organizing an Earth Day celebration for his students and their families. He knows you have recently been learning about environmental policies in this environmental science class and has asked you to be one of several guest speakers at the event. He would like you to explain to the students how scientific research and public awareness of an environmental issue led to an environmental policy or law. The goal is for the 8th-grade students to understand how people and communities (scientific community, government bodies, citizens of a country, etc.) can effect positive change for the environment.
  3. Use the policy and issue you selected for your Wk 5 Discussion – Environmental Policies in Action.
    Prepare a 3-to 4-minute video and/or audio recording, or a 1,050- to 1,750-word transcript of your presentation.
    Address the following in your presentation:

    • Summarize the environmental issue. What are its causes? What are the effects on the environment and people? Consider multiple perspectives and locations, as applicable.
    • Explain how economics and/or personal lifestyle choices or behaviors are related to this issue.
    • Describe how individuals, communities, and/or governments have worked to address the issue.
    • Examine the impact of relevant legislation or initiatives. What are the benefits? Have there been any consequences?

    Note: Remember your audience; the presentation needs to make sense and appeal to 13- and 14-year-old students.
    Include at least 2 outside resources to support your conclusions.

Requirements: As directed.

Book: Environmental Science, Inquiry and Application by William P. Cunningham and Mary Ann Cunningham 9th Edition

Answer preview

Once these products find their way either onto the land or water, the chemicals contained in the plastics slowly start sipping into these environments (Amadeo, 2020). On land surfaces, the chemicals sip into the soil, affecting agricultural land and underground water. Such land surfaces end up becoming unsuitable for agricultural activities due to pollution. Human beings’ well-being is also threatened when they consume or use water from sources containing plastic pollutants (Amadeo, 2020). These pollutants might lead to people suffering from diseases such as cancer. Plastic pollution also has an adverse effect on fishing and tourism.

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Plastic Pollution