Introduction and materials

'Stewardship' refers to our responsibility for taking good care of resources and the environment. Environmental stewardship often evokes a sense of personal responsibility for ensuring our natural resources are sustainably managed for our own quality of life, and for future generations.

This unit raises questions about the use of Antarctic living and non-living resources and the extent to which Antarctic tourism should be allowed. The activities explore the delicate balance between exploitation and conservation of natural resources. It concentrates on the need to minimise human impact on the Antarctic ecosystem.

  • How do we manage the disposal of waste in Antarctica?
  • What does World Heritage mean?
  • Why have Macquarie Island and Heard Island been selected for World Heritage status?
  • What are the impacts humans can have on the Antarctic environment?
  • What are the living and non-living resources of Antarctica and what factors must we consider in making use of these resources?
  • What are the effects of tourism in Antarctica and what limitations should be set on tourist operators?
This page was last modified on July 2, 2014.