Plastics in the Ocean

Ref: C3744530

You go shopping, and carry your plastic bag home full of items wrapped in plastic. Casually, you unwrap the items and throw away the plastic into the bin, and put a meal into the oven ready for dinner. Meanwhile, in another part of the world a sea turtle is thinking of its next meal, and spots a tasty jelly fish in the ocean. It grabs the jelly fish and gulps it down, but this is not a jellyfish but a plastic bag, and the sea turtle's fate is sealed. The sea turtle will slowly die because it will be unable to eat, and a beautiful sea creature will be lost because of our human endeavours. What can you do as an individual, and does your small effort matter? By arming yourself with knowledge on the problem of plastics in the oceans, what impact it has on ocean life, how it affects us as humans, we can begin as individuals to tackle this problem.

Course aim

This course is for people who care about our planet, and want to learn about the impact plastics have in our oceans, on the sea life, and how this in turn affects us as humans. By obtaining knowledge we can in our small way make a difference.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for people who do have a good level of spoken English, and it is for people with little or some knowledge of the subject of plastics in the oceans and would like a more detailed explanation on the subject.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Learners will be able to describe what the scientific, and ecological issues are of having plastics in the oceans.
  • Learners will be able to explain what the impact is on a selection of sea creatures, and why this is serious from an ecological perspective.
  • Learners will be able to create within a group setting an ecological plan based on scientific research.
  • Learners will be able to describe, and identify, how they can personally make a difference, and what actions they can take.
  • Learners will be able to describe in detail the recent research on the problem of plastics in the oceans, and will be able to use this information in debates.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Learners will be expected to do research on the topics suggested, and to bring this to class to be used during the discussions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Plastics in the Ocean

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