Reduction of Consumption
Objective: To be able to discuss the reduction of resource consumption by conservation, waste reduction recycling & substitution.
You are going to be carrying out the following case studies for this unit of work:
Task 1 - Watch the rather annoying but informative video to the right. Copy the definitions of all three and then outline why there is a clear hierarchical order to the 3 R's process.
Task 2 - Click here to be taken to Wikipedia (I know, we don't do this very often!). Outline the Waste Hierarchy and take a copy of the pyramid diagram too.
Task 3 - Outline what is meant by
Reduce: This refers to using less of a product e.g. less packaging, less energy.
Plastic Bags - Reduce & Reuse
Task 4 - Watch the first video to the right hand side. What is the theme of the short documentary?
Task 5 - Watch the second video to the right and make a list of the issues and production numbers associated with plastic bag disposal and in particular, their link to oil production.
Additional Info required? - Click here
Task 6 - Click here to be taken to a BBC article entitled 'What should be done about plastic bags?'
Make notes on each of the three schemes highlighted:
1. Complete Ban (reduce)
2. Bag Tax (reduce)
3. Long Life Bags - Pay particular attention to the interactive comparison section. (reuse)
The situation here in France - Click here
Paper 1 - Sample Question
i. Evaluate one scheme designed to reduce resource consumption (5)
ii. To what extent is a 'reuse' scheme successful in reducing resource consumption? (5)
Recycling & Consumption
I am quite keen that you study a recycling scheme that has significance to you (in France or in your home country). To the right, you will find a list of suitable schemes to use as case study material.
Please feel free to find your own too, but check with me first. There will need to be some sort of evaluation of suitability.
Task 7 - Complete a 5 W's case study of the scheme including maps, diagrams and images as appropriate. Target 30 mins max.
Paper 1 - Sample Question
Discuss one recycling scheme designed to reduce resource consumption (5)
Target 10 mins max
National Resource Strategy
Objective: To be able to evaluate a strategy at a local or national scale aimed at reducing the consumption of one resource.
Starter: Check this out! Click here to be taken to a visualisation that shows the average shopping basket for 30 different families around the world. Discuss.
Love Food, Hate Waste - Website here
Task 1 - Setting the scene. Watch both the Scottish Government video and the EU video to the right hand side.
Task 2 - Click here to be taken to some facts on food wastage in the UK. Record the five most memorable in a 'Need to Know' fact box.
Task 3 - Types of food waste.
i. Turn to page 8 of the PDF on the right (black tab) and define the following:
i. Avoidable Food Waste
ii. Possibly Avoidable Food Waste
iii. Unavoidable Food Waste
ii. Then study table 4 on page 9. Create a comparative bar chart to show the wastage of food by categories between 2006-07.
iii. Write a short piece of commentary to explain which foodstuffs are most wasted and suggest reasons for this. This graphic should help you.
Task 4 - Outline the main ways that the campaign aims to get people to reduce their consumption and eventual wastage of food. This link will be of use.
Task 5 - Turn to page 16 of the PDF and outline the activities undertaken by WRAP and its partners to reduce household food waste.
Task 6 - Turn to page 18 and read the conclusion, making notes.
IB Paper 1 - Sample Question
Evaluate a strategy at a local or national scale aimed at reducing the consumption of one resource. (8)