This is my Antarctica assessment for social studies. Parts 1 & 2 are in the form of a downloadable PDF, and parts 3 & 4 are part of the post below.
Note: I put the links I used on the slides, but they all led to the same website (Cool Antarctica) when I exported the presentation. You can view a list of the website I used at the end of this presentation.
Part 3 – Is the Global Community doing enough to ensure the Antarctic Environment is Sustainable?
I believe that although the global community is taking some steps to ensure that Antarctica is sustainable, they are not doing enough. I feel that the people who live and work in Antarctica are aware of the situation in terms of pollution and are taking measures to solve their problems. The introduction of an Antarctic Treaty has meant that waste produced in Antarctica is returned to the country of origin if it is possible, and rubbish is no longer simply being left to contaminate the environment when people move from one area to another. As well as this, countries with bases on the continent are now using renewable energy, such as wind energy, that is good for the environment and does not damage Antarctica. This shows that they have been educated about the problem of pollution in Antarctica, and I believe that they are doing enough to ensure a sustainable living style. However, I do not believe that the rest of the world’s population is doing enough to ensure a sustainability in the Antarctic environment. Rubbish from around the world is transferred, through the ocean currents, to the continent, where it damages wildlife and pollutes the environment. This is becoming a serious issue, and could be put down to a lack of education – the general public may be unaware that their waste can cause pollution and other harms across the globe. As well as this, global warming is still a serous threat to the Antarctic environment, and the global community is not doing enough to deal with it. I also believe that despite efforts to protect the wildlife of Antarctica from the hunting of its wildlife, illegal hunting still occurs. The commercial hunting of whales in Antarctica, for example, has been banned, but Japan and Norway still hunt them under the excuse of ‘scientific research’. This is a dubious claim, because the whales are ending up in restaurants, where a single whale alone can be worth over one million dollars. This hunting is damaging the sustainable environment in Antarctica, and needs to be put to an end. The legal commercial fishing industry is also a threat to Antarctic fish stocks.
Because of the preceding reasons, it is my strong belief that despite efforts being made to ensure the Antarctic environment is sustainable, there are still some groups of people who are not aware of the current situation and are not doing their part to help improve it.
Part 4 – Evaluation of Collecting and the Annotation Information
Answer the following questions to assess how effective you research and processing went. You must give detailed answers.
- Which two sources of information were the most helpful, and why? The ‘Cool Antarctica’ website was a great resource because it was concise but informative in all three focus areas. I also liked the British Antarctic survey’s website, because it was written nicely and was descriptive. Neither website, I felt, was very biased either.
- Which type of sources did you not use? Give a clear reason. I tried not to use sources that were too vague in terms of their information because they would have been quite difficult to annotate. I also tried not to use sources with considerable bias (with the exception of the cartoon) because they would not have shown me both sides of the issue at hand.
- Were there some sources which showed bias (good or bad viewpoints expressed that are based on the interest group that presents the source material)? The cartoons definitely showed bias (as is, typically, the nature of a cartoon), as well as many other websites on the internet. I tried to use sources that were reputable and showed little bias.
Annotating the resources chosen:
- Did you find the process of annotation easy or difficult? Why? I found the process of annotation quite difficult at first because I wasn’t sure what to write, but once I had done several, it started to become easier. This was because I gradually became accustomed to reading through each source, summing it up and drawing conclusions from it, which I was previously unaccustomed to doing.
- Did the example of the annotated work help with the annotation process? Yes, because it gave me a fairly good idea of what I needed to write in terms of the annotations, and how to present it.
- Would you change your approach to researching and collecting information? How? In future, I would probably look further through Google than I did and experiment with different search terms to try and find new and different sources. Other than this, however, I thought that the sources I did find were very good and informative.
These are the links I used:
- Slide 2: https://www.bas.ac.uk/about/antarctica/why-antarctica-matters/
- Slide 3: http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/oceans_and_marine/priority_ocean_places/antarctica_and_southern_ocean/
- Slide 4: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/human_impact_on_antarctica.php
- Slide 5: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/human_impact_on_antarctica.php
- Slide 6: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/environment/human-impacts-in-antarctica
- Slide 7: http://www.livescience.com/29577-plastic-pollution-in-antarctica-oceans.html
- Slide 8: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/problems/impacts/polar_melting/
- Slide 9: http://www.mining.com/infographic-who-owns-antarctica-22885/
- Slide 10: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/global-warming-ship-of-fools-cartoon.html
- Slide 11: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/conservation.php
- Slide 12: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/news-cartoons/news/article.cfm?c_id=500814&objectid=10832258