Zero Waste Campaign

In this 50-minute lesson, Learners examine how traditional thinking about waste management has created a global waste management crisis. Then they learn how a new way of thinking—zero-waste thinking—offers hope for the future. They review how the 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, reflect) can help communities develop a zero-waste mindset. Finally, Learners are challenged to put what they’ve learned into practice by implementing a zero-waste initiative at the school.

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 7 | 12-13
CAPS subjectLife Orientation
Subject strandHealth, social and environmental responsibility
Sub-topicsLocal environmental health problems.
Community projects to address environmental health problems.
Problem-solving skills: An action plan to address environmental health problems Local environmental health problems.

What’s included in this lesson?

Teacher resources1 lessons worth of teaching material
Learner resources1 lessons worth of learning material

Lesson key questions

  • What are some ways you can apply the zero-waste philosophy in your daily life?
  • What surprised you the most about your zero-waste initiative?
  • What actions would you recommend your school take to move from a traditional production/consumption cycle to a zero-waste production/consumption cycle?
  • Imagine that everyone in your community recycled and composted. How would that impact waste management for better and worse?
  • What do you think businesses, governments, and individuals could do to be more responsible about electronic wastes?

Lesson type

Eco-Action: This lesson is a real-world activity that encourages learners to apply concepts at a higher level.

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