Week 4: Sustainable Solutions

Activity 1: Sustainable Solutions
Welcome to week four of the Life Below Water Programme.
Get started by watching the video below with Craig, which reflects on some of our learning from previous weeks. When you’re ready, move onto the second activity below.

If you haven't already, watch our "Introducing the Sustainability Compass" video in week 1.

 
Activity 2: Sustainability Compass
Now onto this activity, where we’ll explore how a change in one compass direction affects the others.

Watch the video and think about something you could change in your school's sustainability compass that would have an impact on other areas. Discuss this with your class.

Think about whether it's something you can actually change within your school! Share your thoughts on the Jamboard.
Activity 3: Sustainable Solutions - Plastic
Here's an idea of something you can do with your non-recyclable plastic.

Some other activities include:
Beach clean
If you don’t live near a beach, a litter pick around your area is just as useful, and will ultimately prevent any rubbish there from making its way into way waterways!
 
Beach wildlife
While carrying out a beach clean, why not also discover what species of plants and animals we can expect to see in a healthy coastal environment. If you don’t live near the sea, why not reach out to a school that is and ask them for help? If you are a school or community by the coast, make a partnership with a school or community in a different part of the country and organise an exchange of information about your local environment.
Other Resources
Activity 4: Sustainable Solutions - Climate Change
Watch this video about the science of the Greenhouse Effect.
Have a think about what we can all do to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
Discuss with your learners who can make the largest impact. What do Government and industry need to do to make a real difference?
​Scottish Government's Climate Pledge

Take a look at the
Scottish Government’s Climate Plan.
From your understanding of the relationship between climate and the ocean from Section 3, how do you think each of the following pledges will affect the ocean health?

By 2032:
  • Scotland’s electricity system, already largely decarbonised, will be increasingly important as a power source for heat and transport.
  • Scotland’s buildings will be insulated to an appropriate level, and will increasingly be heated and cooled by low carbon technologies.
  • Scotland will have phased out the need to buy petrol and diesel engine cars and vans, implemented low emission zones in Scotland’s largest cities and made significant progress in reducing emissions from buses, HGVs and ferries.
  • Our industrial sector will be more energy efficient, more productive, and increasingly use more innovative technologies, presenting significant economic and competitive opportunities.
  • Landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste will have ended, we will have reduced food waste, more of Scotland’s waste will be recycled and a more circular economy will present significant economic opportunities.
  • Scotland’s woodland cover will have increased, and more of our peatlands will be restored to good condition, benefiting people, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • The Scottish agriculture sector will be among the lowest carbon and most efficient food production systems in the world.

Also take a look at the Scottish Youth Climate Strike network's demands of the Government.

As well as our personal actions and behaviours, what action do you think Government and industry need to take to make a difference in the context of the Climate Change?
Reflection
Add a sticky note to the Jamboard below to tell us what you have been doing and how it has impacted on your learners.
Course completion!
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