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Zero Waste Systems

Secondary

Description

Introduces the concept of zero waste. Zero waste is intended to mimic nature by redesigning our systems and resource use -from product design to disposal - to prevent wasteful and polluting practices. It then captures the discards and uses them, instead of natural resources, to make new products, creating far less pollutions and feeding the local economy. 

The film argues that the planet cannot sustain present trends characterized by increased population, increased consumption, increased waste and declining resources and therefore we must design a new system base on the principles of zero waste. 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Zero Waste may be used to support curriculum units dealing with waste management,sustainable consumption, corporate responsibility, and government regulations. The concept of zero waste opens a new dimension for student investigation that goes beyond the conventional reduce, reuse, recycle mantra.

Students might be asked to explore the practical implications of the general policy. What does this mean in the production process?, what regulations need to be adopted?, what would be the economic implications if adopted?, what role will individuals be required to play?, to what extent does zero waste satisfy the principles of sustainable development?

The Zero Waste website would be a useful resource for student investigations of the these questions.

Relevant Curriculum Units

The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.

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  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 10
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      • Geography
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Resources, Energy, and Environment
  • New Brunswick
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    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Advanced Environmental Science 120:Introduction to the human sphere
        • Introduction to Environmental Science 120: Sustainable Development
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        • Canadian Geography 120:Managing Natural Resources
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
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        • Canadian Geography 1202: Economic Issues in Canadian Geography
  • Nova Scotia
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    • Grade 10
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      • Geography
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Geography 10: Spaceship Earth
    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • AP Environmental Science: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution
      • Geography
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        • Global Geography:Resources and Commodities
  • Ontario
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    • Grade 9
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      • Geography
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        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Academic): Interactions in the Physical Environment
        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Applied): Interactions in the Physical Environment
        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Applied): Managing Canada's Resources and Industries
    • Grade 11
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      • Environmental Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Reducing and Managing Waste
        • Environmental Science (Workplace Prep.) Natural Resource Science and Management
      • Geography
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        • Regional Geography (Univ./College Prep.): Sustainability and Stewardship
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        • Global Connections
        • The Environment & Resource Management (Univ/College Prep.) Community Action
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  • Prince Edward Island
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Environmental Challenges and Successes
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        • Geography 621A Global Issues : Inquiry- What are the issues?
        • Geography 631A Global Issues: What are the issues?
  • Yukon Territory
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.

Themes Addressed

  • Economics (1)

    • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Carrying Capacity
  • Governance (1)

    • Government Regulations
  • Waste Management (1)

    • Cradle-to-Cradle
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