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  • In this activity, students explore ethical issues related to farming and environmental pollution. They learn about the science involved and the range of perspectives among stakeholders.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain some of the science involved in the issue
    • explain some of the ethical aspects of the issue
    • have some ideas about possible solutions.

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    • introduction/background
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    • what to do.

    Nature of science

    Discussions about ethics in science are a core feature of the nature of science. In the Nature of Science strand, the New Zealand Curriculum states students should use their growing science knowledge when considering issues of concern to them. They should explore aspects of an issue and make decisions about possible choices.

    Useful links

    Link to the Resource Management Act 1991.

    This is a guide to understanding the Resource Management Act. It discusses what it is, what it is intended to do and how.

    Find out about the changes in the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017.

    In November 2022 it was announced that there would be a major overhaul of the Resource Management Act with the introduction of the Natural and Built Environment and the Spatial Planning Bills.

      Published 30 July 2013, Updated 15 November 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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