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  • Plastic-Free World & Responsible Consumption and Sustainability of Actions definition

    Taken from the Orfe's Environmental Guidelines.

    Plastic-Free World 

    More than 3 million tons of plastic are thrown out by Canadians. Only 9% is recycled, but the rest ends up in landfills, waste incineration facilities, or in nature. Plastic waste is a big burden for our economy and threatens to harm our environment including wildlife, lakes, rivers, and oceans. (3)

    Now is the time to act! We need to change the way we design, use, and dispose of plastic waste. Together we can keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment. (4)

    The Canadian government is committed to reducing plastic waste in the environment. It invites teachers to include the following suggestions in their lessons. Help the young leaders of tomorrow by incorporating education about plastic in their curriculum. (5)

    ● Climate Kids – Plastics Game:
    ● Ocean Plastic Education:
    ● Clean Seas Back to School Campaign:
    ● Clean Nova Scotia Foundation – Teacher Resource:
    ● Recycling Council of Ontario – School Resources:
    ● Join the Plastic Bag Grab challenge:

    Responsible Consumption and Sustainability of Actions

    This strategy aims to direct all of our actions — especially those linked to the consumption of goods and services — towards sustainable development. The successful implementation of this strategy guarantees balance in the economic, ecological, and social spheres.

    “Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs''. This definition is from the 1983 Brundtland commission and was also adopted by the Federal Sustainable Development Law in Canada; approved by parliament in June 2008. Sustainable development consists of achieving and maintaining a natural and man-made environment; as well as a just and vibrant society with a functional economy, for present and future generations. (6)

    On September 25th, 2015, world leaders adopted a shared set of objectives to eradicate poverty, protect Earth and ensure prosperity for everybody as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each objective involves specific goals that must be reached within the next 15 years. To achieve these goals, everyone has to do their part. (7)

    Likewise, the UN released a guide under the name “170 Actions to Transform our World” which could be an excellent starting point to incorporate into our program classes. The guide is available at the following link:




    These projects are encased within the scope of this strategy and must ensure sustainability in the use and management of natural resources. Natural resources include water, energy, supplies and raw materials, fauna, and flora.

    Criteria involving human rights and economic efficiency must also be followed during the projects.

  • Resources and Required Materials

    Workspace Requirements

    • Children should have access to a space where they can work and have the necessary materials on hand to receive and follow instructions. We suggest that parents cover the table where the child will be working, preferably with an old cloth, disused curtains, or a tablecloth that they already have in the house for this purpose. We do not recommend purchasing a new tablecloth for this program.
    • Ensure that all the materials necessary for this class are present in the workspace. Eg. paint, scissors, tape, etc.
    • Good lighting


    •      A cover for the table (reusable one)
    •      Small pieces of old cloth to clean and dry the paintbrushes
    •      4 re-usable containers to pour and mix the paints or glue e.g. an empty can of tuna, margarine, others.
    •      1 container to mix water and glue to prepare the paper mache
    •      Eco-friendly Acrylic paints (White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Red of colours of your choice)
    •      Glue (Regular white liquid glue)
    •      1 masking tape (avoid dollar store)
    •      Paintbrushes (large, medium, and small ones)
    •      Recyclable paper such as newspaper, tissue paper, towel paper, napkins, used A4 paper, or any soft paper to create paper mache.
    •      Scissors
    •      1 big plastic bottle to create the horse's body. E.g. Soda, mayo, oil bottles
    •      1 small plastic bottle to create the head. E.g. water, yogurt, juice bottles 
    •      Two boxes of cookies, frozen food, or yogurt to create the legs and ears. Or 8 toilet paper tubes/4 paper towel tubes
    •      Any yarn or wool that you have at home. If you don't have any, you could find something else to use for the horsehair (mane). 

    • HERE is your Virtual Classroom . CLICK ON THE BLUE ZOOM ICON

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      Time: Nov 23, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

              Every week on Tue, until Dec 7, 2021, 3 occurrence(s)

              Nov 23, 2021 04:30 PM

              Nov 30, 2021 04:30 PM

              Dec 7, 2021 04:30 PM

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      • Learning Goals

        • Appreciation for the horses and knowledge about their role in the environment.
        • Reinforce knowledge of the importance of the 3 R’s
        • Expand their creativity when using recycled materials
        • Optimization of resources such as masking tape, paint, glue, etc.
        • Techniques to prepare the materials
        • Ensemble
        • Practice different artistic techniques
        •  learn to create a 3D project

        • Best Practices

          • Listen carefully to the instructor all the time and follow the instructions
          • Be kind with your action and words.
          • Use appropriate language
          • Do not write on your screen at any time to avoid interruptions
          • Rise your hand to ask questions
          • Use the chat option to write your comments in the best positive way
          • Manage well your time and reach completion of your art project
          • Be mindful of the materials and avoiding misuse and waste.