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In this program Van Jones uses our reliance on plastics to demonstrate the connection between environmental and social justice. The ecological damage done by the plastics industry is widely acknowledged. This presentation illustrates how plastics also damage human health at every stage in their life cycle and that it’s the world’s poor who are being harmed the most. Jones emphasizes that environmental justice requires respecting the value and wisdom of all species-including the most vulnerable of our own.
For science teachers wishing to explore plastics in our environment, the video will help students appreciate the social consequences of this issue. Social studies teachers will appreciate how effectively the program connects social justice to the environment.
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