Module 2

Curriculum and Activity Guide Module 2

People: Sustainable Development

Every world culture is shaped by its natural resources-such as the foods that nourish its people. Today, some food choices are tainted by transboundary pollution that constitute a health hazard such as the contamination of top-predator fish with mercury. Transported by air and water pathways, contaminants from industrialized areas accumulate in the Arctic and levels of toxic contaminants in human tissue here are the highest in the world. To meet the needs of living in the Arctic climate, the traditional Inuit diet is heavy on marine mammals as a vital source of calories and nutrients. Still today "country food" is an important part of the cultural and spiritual identity in Nunavut. Also, imported foods are expensive and not always available! Thus, a move away from traditional diet is not only an issue because of negative health effects such as increasing levels of diabetes, and heart disease, but it also decreases independence and wealth. While investigating the connection of food, culture, nutrition, and natural resources, we will examine sustainable development, reducing pollution, and our choices as consumers. Chat topic: World Resources

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