Circular Economy and The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, leaners will:
  • Be able to identify and describe United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
  • Be able to explain how a circular economy for plastics should be an important aspect of the climate action goals of a country/the world

  • Be able to explain Canada's climate action goals and strategy for tackling plastic waste

Curriculum Connections

3. E - Animal Life Cycles - 3–10 Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments.
4. A - Waste and our World - 4–5 Recognize that human activity can lead to the production of wastes, and identify alternatives for the responsible use and disposal of materials.
7. A - Interactions and Ecosystems - 1. Investigate and describe relationships between humans and their environments, and identify related issues and scientific questions; 2. Trace and interpret the flow of energy and materials within an ecosystem; 3. Monitor a local environment, and assess the impacts of environmental factors on the growth, health and reproduction of organisms in that environment; 4. Describe the relationships among knowledge, decisions and actions in maintaining life-supporting environments
8. E - Freshwater and Saltwater Systems - 1. Describe the distribution and characteristics of water in local and global environments, and identify the significance of water supply and quality to the needs of humans and other living things; 4. Analyze human impacts on aquatic systems; and identify the roles of science and technology in addressing related questions, problems and issues
Social Studies 
3.2.2 explore the concept of global citizenship by reflecting upon the following question for inquiry:
What are some environmental concerns that Canada and communities around the world share?
5.1.1 value Canada’s physical geography and natural environment:
demonstrate care and concern for the environment through their choices and actions
6.1.6 analyze how individuals, groups and associations within a community impact decision making of local and provincial governments by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:
How can individuals, groups and associations within a community participate in the decision-making process regarding current events or issues (i.e., lobbying, petitioning, organizing and attending local meetings and rallies, contacting elected representatives)? 
4.A3.2 investigate how science and technology can be used with other subject areas to address real-world problems
5.B1.2 evaluate beneficial and harmful effects of various technologies on human health and body systems, while taking different perspectives into consideration
8.E1.3 assess the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on local and global water systems
Social Studies
7.B2.1 formulate questions to guide investigations into issues related to the impact of the extraction/ harvesting and/or use of natural resources around the world from a geographic perspective
8.B3.6 identify different types of economic systems (e.g., traditional, command, market, mixed), and describe their characteristics

Length of Activity

1.5 - 2 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device

Online Lesson Format