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Plastic Rain


As a High School or introductory Undergraduate Environmental Sciences or Chemistry teacher, you can use these computer based tools to teach about environmental pollutants like airborne microplastics and their impact on Earth’s climate.

This lesson plan examines environmental pollutants like microplastics, their sources, their environmental impacts, impact on human health and how airborne microplastics are contributing to climate change. Students will also be able to calculate their contribution to plastic pollution and learn ways to limit their use of single-use plastics.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about plastic rain.
  2. Determine the contribution of airborne microplastics to climate change.
  3. Explore the possible impacts of microplastics on human health and the environment.
  4. Learn about the fundamental links between climate change and marine plastic pollution.
  5. Explore ways to eliminate single-use plastics.

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Shikha Gulati (Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi), and Dr. Shefali Shukla (Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi).

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