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Marine Debris Resources and Lessons for Teachers
Educating the next generation about ocean trash and how we all can prevent the spread of marine debris.
We depend on our ocean for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. But beyond these vital resources, there exists a multitude of other reasons why we love the water, from the creatures who call it home to the shores we visit and explore.
Marine debris is one of the greatest threats our ocean faces, but luckily it is an issue with which we can all play a part in the solution. Talking Trash & Taking Action is a marine debris education partnership between Ocean Conservancy and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. It was developed as a means to educate the next generation about ocean trash and, most importantly, how we all can prevent it.
This instructor’s guide was designed in a flexible manner to fit your needs. Whether you have one hour, one day or one week, the information and activities in this guide will allow you to develop a personalized marine debris education program. The guide is designed to be a resource for activities and information that can fit into existing lesson plans or can be followed verbatim as its own set of lesson plans. Just a few examples of materials included in this useful guide and supplemented on our marine debris outreach and education page include: