Ocean conservation: Iceland’s whaling licence

Last month Iceland's government issued a licence that allows the country's sole whaling company to continue to hunt whales. The centuries-old tradition is surrounded by controversy – with strong views about whether or not it is sustainable.

Collage of pages from the “Ocean conservation: Iceland’s whaling licence” teaching resource showing the cover and lesson plan

About this lesson

Use this one-hour Headline lesson to help your students:

  • Explore Iceland's long history of whaling
  • Debate whether or not the country's latest whaling licence makes for a sustainable industry
  • Discuss what's more important: sustainability or tradition?

These teaching resources have been created with support from PA Consulting and The PA Foundation. The Economist Educational Foundation maintained full editorial control.

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