New online education kit aims to tackle plastic pollution

Five organizations have teamed up with the Government of Canada to provide teachers with a new education kit to help teach students about plastic pollution and how it affects our environment.Currently, there’s more than 150-million tonnes of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. More than 40 per cent of plastic produced each year is used just once and then thrown away.The Ocean Plastic Education kit officially launched Monday and includes resources for teachers, students and parents to learn more about plastic pollution.Story continues below

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