Learn the impacts of litter and participate in a litter clean up to take care of our 'home'.
Litter, especially plastic, is ugly, unpleasant and it harms plants, animals, and the environment; it is polluting our ‘home’. Let’s explore effects of littering, participate in a litter clean up, and learn how we can prevent litter to take care of our ‘home’.
The activities also connect to a variety of grade-specific curricular competencies and content in a variety of subjects including Physical and Health Education, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.
Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean. About half of the plastic we use is single-use and could be avoided. Plastic does not biodegrade but can break into small pieces through ocean waves and sunlight, creating micro plastics. The top 5 trash items found in the ocean are cigarette butts, plastic bottles, food wrappers, plastic bags, and straws/stirrers. Plastic impacts water quality, wildlife, and human food and health. For more details on ocean plastics, check out EcoWatch.
Young people can act at school, in their community and at home to protect and care for the planet. We can empower them with a deeper understanding of our responsibility to take care of the planet we depend on, and the plants and animals that live here too.
In B.C., we are powered by water. The electrical system stretches across each region of the province and the traditional territories of Indigenous Nations. We have 30 hydroelectric plants and a network of over 80,000 kilometers of power lines that transport electricity from our generating stations over mountain tops, through river valleys to homes and businesses in B.C. We have the cleanest generation in Western North America and amongst the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any utility in North America.
We recognize that while water is core to our business, it also holds spiritual and cultural values to Indigenous Nations, and environmental importance to all communities in B.C. We’ll work together to protect the province’s water resources and honour these multiple uses and values as we move forward. Check out Environmental responsibility for ways BC Hydro is protecting and sharing the resource.
Build a working model of a watershed and see how water is collected and moves through a dam to generate electricity.
Explore how natural and human-made features work together to generate electricity and power lights across B.C.
Plant a herb in a pot and learn about how to keep the air clean in our community.
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