Presenting Litter Less in a classroom setting
Litter Less marine litter education resources and display
Litter Less continues to excel with delivery of lessons to schools and delivery of a marine litter focused education program funded by the EPA in partnership with the Marine Discovery Centre.
During the year teachers and students have accessed thousands of page visits on the Litter Less Microsite as well as national and international demand for the resource!
The Litter Less resource aims to provide students with authentic learning contexts in which to understand and respond to litter and littering issues, and is presented as six inquiry questions, which are separated into three interconnected themes and delivered over 12 lessons. The lessons have been written to align with the Australian Curriculum and take cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities into consideration. They aim to embrace local, national and global contexts, while considering the environmental, social and economic impacts of littering.
The Litter Less lesson prompts students to define what litter and littering is, the hazards and impacts of litter and why people might do it. Discussions and interactive computer activities encourage students to explore litter movement in a local, national and global context.
Students conduct a litter audit in their school yard to record types of litter, littering behaviours and litter hotspots. The students can then assess the results and discuss future actions and set a vision to address litter and littering in their school community. Results from the audit are then submitted on the Litter Less Microsite to help compare data from schools.
The Environmental Protection Authority confirmed funding for Litter Less sessions to be delivered at the Marine Discovery Centre (MDC), and linked to the KESAB Litter Kills education initiative.
Interactive graphics and pictures from the Litter Less resource have been incorporated into a succinct 10 minute presentation for students with presentation aiming to engage students to think about what litter is, where litter is found and movement of litter in a local, national and global context, as well as the impact of litter breaking down in the ocean.
The Litter Less Microsite has had over 3,900 page views since March 2016, including 64 Litter audit data templates downloaded indicating that the community is utilising the resource to conduct their own litter audits. Computer interactive activities were also popular.
The microsite can be accessed at: http://www.kesab.asn.au/litterless/about-litter-less/
KESAB is developing the next phase of Litter Less with objectives to integrate litter education in other Australian states and overseas especially relative to marine debris and plastic in the ocean.
Keep an eye out to see where Litter Less may be launched next!
The Litter Less package is a valuable educational resource developed with the support of The Wrigley Company (Mars).