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  • In this activity, students research the effect of common pollutants on our waterways and hold a mock trial to determine the worst pollutant in the country.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand what is polluting our waterways
    • understand that how detrimental a pollutant is to the environment depends on how harmful it is, how often and how much it contaminates and how easy it is to clean up
    • realise that the best way to control pollution can mean stopping it from happening in the first place
    • research an issue to understand different ‘sides’, then argue for and against it with others.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handout.

    Useful link

    The New Zealand Water and Wastes Association provides the pamphlet Keep it clean: Preventing stormwater pollution.

      Published 23 June 2008, Updated 23 February 2015 Referencing Hub articles
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