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You Can Live Without Producing Trash

Secondary, Middle

Description

Did you know the average American produces 4.3 pounds of trash per day? In this eye-opening short video, Laura Ling will show us how one New York woman is making an effort to change the way we think about waste. Over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a 16 oz mason jar. During this video, students will learn ways to be more environmentally friendly and reduce waste by changing only a few simple steps in their everyday life.

General Assessment

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Going Off Grid, is a way 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

This video could be served to introduce students to the concepts of zero waste and curriculum units dealing with waste management, sustainable consumption, corporate responsibility, and government regulations.

  • Economics - production and consumption of goods, economic choices, corporate responsibility
  • Geography - resource management
  • Environmental Science - sustainable consumption, carrying capacity, waste management 
  • Social Studies - government regulations, citizen responsibility, preferred futures

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Waste Management (3)

    • Composting
    • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Solid Waste Disposal