LEARN HOW TO MAKE AN EPIC
IMPACT ON OCEAN PLASTICS!

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BEGINNER
The Ocean Plastics Issue
LESSONS 101-105

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ADVANCED
Take Action on Ocean Plastics
LESSONS 206-210

WHAT TO EXPECT

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Gain Practical Knowledge​

Gain a deeper understanding of the ocean plastic issues, learn about available solutions, and innovations. Use this empowering knowledge to make a difference in your life, your community and your world!

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Flexible User Access​

Curriculum access is flexible without time limits… learn online at your own pace using this website, or as an educator, use downloadable classroom resources for teaching student groups aged 14 years and up.

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Accomplishments Recognized​

Each lesson has a short quiz at the end. After all ten lessons have been completed and quizzes passed, students will receive a digital Certificate of Completion to print, share, and inspire others.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

AGES 14 +

Suitable for learners ages 14 years and up.

45-60 MIN

Each lesson takes about 45-60 minutes to complete.

3 LANGUAGES

Available in 3 languages: English, French, and Spanish.

NO TIME LIMITS

Learning progress is autosaved, so come and go as you please.

Dive into EPIC Academy’s 10-part voyage of ocean plastics discovery, crafted by Ocean Legacy, where learning transforms into action! Our curriculum, spanning beginner to advanced levels, navigates through:

  • The deepest depths of the ocean plastic issues,
  • Strategies to make better choices to reduce plastic use,
  • Learning how to lead your community against plastic pollution, and
  • Methods and ideas for supporting the plastic circular economy.

Arm yourself with practical tools, forged from decades of knowledge by experts in the field.

Enrollment is completely free with registration. If you’re moved by the learning journey, feel free to contribute any amount to help sustain this empowering educational material! Let’s make an EPIC impact on ocean plastic!

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LEVEL 1
THE OCEAN PLASTICS ISSUE
101 - 105

Understand the Problem...

ABOUT LEVEL 1 LESSONS… Level 1 lessons 1-5 provide an introduction to the ocean plastics issue.

The audience for lessons 1-5 includes everyone who’s interested in learning more about the following topics:

  • The basics about plastic
  • The basics about macro, micro, and nanoplastics
  • How plastics travel to the ocean
  • Impacts of ocean plastics pollution
  • Circular economy solutions for ocean plastics pollution
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101 – LESSON 1: Introduction to Ocean Plastics

Lesson 1 provides an overview of plastic, explains plastic Resin Identification Codes, and explains how to sort and recycle plastic correctly.

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102 – LESSON 2: What are Microplastics?

What are Microplastics: An introduction to microplastics including sources of microplastics and why microplastics are an issue.

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103 – LESSON 3: The Journey of Plastics to the Ocean

The Journey of Plastics to the Ocean: An introduction to how plastics become ocean plastics including the common pathways for plastics to reach the ocean.

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104 – LESSON 4: Why is Plastic Pollution a Problem?

The Ocean Plastics Pollution Problem: An introduction to why ocean plastics are an issue including its effects on people and the planet.

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105 – LESSON 5: Creating a Circular Economy for Plastics

Circular Economy 101: An introduction to the concept of a circular economy and how it could help resolve the ocean plastics pollution issue.

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LEVEL 2
TAKE ACTION ON OCEAN PLASTICS
206 - 210

Make an EPIC Impact!

ABOUT LEVEL 2 LESSONS… Take our advanced lesson material Level 2: Lessons 6-10. In these lessons you will learn:

  • How ocean plastics are different than land-based plastics.
  • How to build an ocean plastics recycling system.
  • How to encourage behaviour changes that help prevent and clean-up ocean plastics.
  • What policies are being used globally to prevent and clean-up ocean plastics.
  • How to advocate for policy changes in your community.
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206 – LESSON 6: Ocean Plastics 201: A Deeper Dive

Ocean Plastics 201: An introduction to ocean plastics and what makes them different than plastics collected through source separated land-based programs. This includes sources of the plastics, contamination, sorting, management, and processing.

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207 – LESSON 7: Moving to Action – Encouraging Behaviour Change

Encouraging Behavioural Changes: An overview of how to encourage and enable behavioural changes that would work towards preventing and collecting ocean plastics, and encourage people to ‘join the ocean plastics cause’.

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208 – LESSON 8: Taking Action, Creating A Plastics Recycling System

Recycling System Planning: An overview of how to set up a recycling system for ocean plastics prevention and management: essentially a “Master Recycler’ course aimed at anyone who seeks to collect or process plastics or ocean plastics.

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209 – LESSON 9: Using Policy to Make a Difference

How to Use Policies to Affect Change: An overview of the kinds of policies that exist that could stem the flow of ocean plastics into the environment (e.g., extended producer responsibility, deposit return systems, green procurement, funding tools).

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210 – LESSON 10: Advocating for Change

How to Advocate for Change: An overview of ‘how to advocate for change’ (e.g., in policies or actions), using Canada as the example location for that advocacy.

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