102 – LESSON 2: Microplastics

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Learning Objectives

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

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

    • Define microplastics
    • Describe the two categories of microplastics
    • Describe microplastics by characteristics of size and shape
    • Identify four main sources of microplastics
    • Describe harmful effects of microbeads and microfibres
    • Explain how our soil is affected by microplastics
    • Explain how our water is affected by microplastics
    • Explain harmful effects of microplastics on marine animals
    • Explain how our air is affected by microplastics
    • Explain how microplastics, and toxins carried on them, move up the food chain
    • Explain the harmful effects of micro- and nanoplastics on human health
    • Apply ways to avoid and reduce microplastics in food
    • Apply ways to avoid and reduce microplastics in daily life

Lesson Content

INTRODUCTION
SECTION 1: WHAT ARE MICROPLASTICS?
SECTION 2: WHERE DO MICROPLASTICS COME FROM?
SECTION 3: WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION?
QUIZ
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