Module 3


Economics: Marine Resources

Sustainable development recognizes that most all natural resources— especially our critical marine resources—are finite and must be managed for the long term. Beringia, home to Iñupiat whaling communities, has the most productive waters for the North American fishing industry. Deep-sea petroleum exploration here holds tremendous promise as a resource for energy and other production such as plastic. Plastic pollution, in turn, covers much of our ocean, affecting some 40 to 60 percent of all marine mammals, as well as the ocean peoples who depend on this resource for food and nutrition. By studying resource extraction and success factors for sustainable solutions, we gain an understanding of the complex global relationships between humans and our environments.

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Module Question: How should marine resources be managed?

Guiding question of “general knowledge” section:
How can we manage marine resources for sustainable development?

Guiding question of “Native knowledge” section:
What is the relationship between economics and culture?

Guiding question of the case study section:
What factors determine how we need manage marine resources?

Chat topic: World Resources.

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