Polar Day: Arctic Clean up
The lesson examines the complexity of pollution problems, specifically the cleanup of the DEW line in the Arctic and discusses the possible shortcomings of the plan to both Canadians and the Polar community as a whole. The Main Objective is to have students understand the complexity of pollution problems in the Arctic and how environmental problems can compound in an ecosystem and can spread globally.
Time Required: Two classes, with preparation beforehand and follow-up.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
• Understand how maps can help us understand how ocean currents and winds can disperse and circulate pollution.
• Understand the complexity of dealing with pollution, especially with the variety of opinions that have to be considered.
• Understand the issue of pollution from multiple perspectives.
• Able to combine information from a variety of primary sources into a coherent thesis.
• Practice the use of Place Mats and (sometimes) Three Step Interview techniques.
See attached PDF for details.
Link to the Canadian Atlas Online (CAOL) www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas/ Additional Resources, Materials, and Equipment Required: 1. Johnson, Arthur (2007). Undoing the DEW line, Canadian Geographic, 127, 2, 62-72. 2. Toxic chemicals poison Inuit food. Retrieved May 18, 2007, from http://www.chem.unep.ch/pops/POPs_Inc/press_releases/ottawa-1.htm 3. Department of Environmental Conservation – Contaminated Sites Program: Collinson Point Intermediate Distant Early Warning Line Station. Retrieved May 18, 2007, from http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/csp/sites/collinson.htm 4. Examine global surface currents.. Retrieved May 9, 2007, from http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es2401/es2401page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization 5. Surface ocean currents in the Arctic. Retrieved May 9, 2007, from http://carto.eu.org/article2411.html 6. Glantz, Michael H. (1997). The Global Challenge, World & I, 1997, 4, 24-31.
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