KS3/4 Antarctica – A Future in the Balance

A look at the political and environmental issues in Antarctica This programme, designed to stimulate debate in KS3/4 Citizenship lessons, looks at the key political and environmental issues around Antarctica. It offers a brief history of Antarctica, including a look at the treaty and the expeditions of Shackleton and Scott. It also explores the value of science and the increasing focus on the environmental impact of research. Then, it moves on to the increasing ‘problem’ of tourism in Antarctica, putting the case for and against holidays there. Finally, it asks about the future, and the threat to the environment posed by mining, particularly if the ice continues to melt. Using case studies to look at each example, this programme can be used particularly in conjunction with the KS3 Citizenship curriculum under Unit 21: People and the environment.

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