Lesson D3 - Ocean and cryosphere cultural services
Social sciences/Visual or performing arts
This session should be adapted to local contexts. An example is provided. Through documentary research and / or an artwork / artistic performance, students learn about the cultural importance of the ocean and cryosphere for human populations across history.
The oceans and cryosphere have influenced and influence our history, culture and economy.
Before the use of coal, gas and (petroleum) oil, whale oil was an important energy source.
There is a strong link between polar exploration and the whale industry: the discovery of Spitzbergen and of Antarctica opened new territories for whale hunters, contributing to an increase in whale hunting.
The number of whales has decreased dramatically since then, but today populations are starting to increase again.