Method or activity in detail

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Name of the method
The History of Trash
Short description
In order to be more responsible with your consumption is important to know about the discarding of products. In this activity, your group will reflect on the long life of trash and how it is possible to lessen the impact of your consumption.
Target audiences
16-18 years
Minimum number of participants
Maximum number of participants
Electronic waste
  • To reflect on the negative effects of the waste store in the next 10 years.
  • To reflect on the importance to find alternative solutions to the over-waste consumption problem.
Global Reference - Choose SDG's
4 Quality education, 11 Sustainable cities and communities

Participants are divided into groups (3 – 5 max. each).

  • Step 1. Each group has to search for some e-waste and electronic waste material
    (trainers should have already prepared the materials and the different parts) and
    choose a maximum of 3.
  • Step 2. With the pieces they found they have to create a short story about their life, from
    their production to their destruction.
    NOTE: the story will be afterwards presented in the plenary and each group can find the most suitable and creative way to present the story. During this phase, they should also figure out the possible impact of this waste in the 10 next following years and they should search for alternative solutions toreduce the impact of waste consumption and disposal.
  • Step 3. Presentation of the stories in the plenary.

Key questions for the debriefing: 

  • Is the scenario described realistically?
  • Is it possible to measure, in a trustworthy manner, the real impact? If yes, how?
  • Do you agree with the solutions proposed?
  • Do you have ideas to solve or at least manage the problem?
  • Lessons learned from the activity.

You can ask if now they have a better conscience of the impact their consumption has on the planet, and if this activity changed how they will deal with their trash from now on.

Adaption for other target audiences

To adapt to younger children is best to print out images of the objects (like a cellphone, tv, headphone, etc) since they might don’t have electric products with them.

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