Ricky's on the lookout for litter
According to the Marine Conservation Society, the amount of rubbish littering Britain's beaches has doubled in the past 15 years.
- Think about their own attitudes and behaviour towards litter and recycling.
- Consider the issues surrounding them.
Read the story:
Ask the group:
- How do they feel when they see litter?
- Why do people drop litter?
- Why should people have to look after rubbish like sweet wrappers after they have finished with the product?
- Where is litter a problem at their school?
- Which kids
do they think
drop the most litter and why?
- Can they own up to the last five times they dropped litter?
- Why do
- What would make
Read out the following story:
Print out this worksheet:
How 'green' are you?
Students consider each statement on the questionnaire
When they have marked the worksheet for how often they do each of the things, they should swap with a partner who will give them a score as follows:
- Always - score 5 points
- Sometimes - score 2 points
- Never - score 0 points
- 0 to 15 - you're not really trying
- 16 to 29 - you're almost there, keep going
- 30 to 38 - well done, keep it up
- 39 to 42 - fantastic, help others to be more green
- Don't buy things that have lots of packaging.
- Give things to friends rather than throw them away.
Put students into new groups to discuss:
- Why do people often not seem to behave in a way that helps the environment?
- How can people be persuaded to change?
Recap on the main teaching points and students present their ideas for changing people's attitudes.
- Britain is at the bottom of the recycling league in Europe, reusing just 10% of its rubbish.
- The British government thinks that figure should rise to 33% by 2015. Even then we'd still be 17% behind Germany and Austria's current level.
- A recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
- If all the aluminium drinks cans sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer dustbins.
- The simplest and cheapest option is usually to bury garbage in an environmentally safe landfill.
- A typical takeaway meal creates less than two ounces of garbage for each customer. This is less than what's generated by a typical meal at home.
- Every ton of glass, plastic and metal that is delivered to a recycler, costs more than it would spend to bury the material in a landfill.