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Students participate in a trash clean-up and analyze the issue of pollution due to trash, especially plastics. They discuss who should be responsible for preventing or cleaning up pollution - government, business, charitable organizations, and/or individuals. Students learn about a great patch of garbage, mostly plastic and twice as big as Texas, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They learn the effects of plastic garbage on the environment, including the lives of animals. The students take action by determining ways to reduce their own use of plastic bags and by advocating for ways to reduce the use of plastic bags in their own households, the community, state and nation. The students may propose ways to influence government officials to change laws so plastic bags are banned, taxed, or not given out for free.