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Science, Biology

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

Why Cruise Ships Are Terrible for the Environment

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  • This video explains the various effects cruise ships have on the environment.
  • Students learn how badly cruise ships are affecting the environment and ways to mitigate these effects. 
Teaching Tips


  • It describes the extent to which cruise ships affect the environment in simple terms.
  • It highlights the need for more eco-friendly policies to govern the operations of cruise ships.
  • Students learn about Friends of the Earth (FOE).

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with cruise ships and the fact that it is hard to regulate the activities of ships in international waters. 


  • Teachers could play this video and then ask different groups to provide 3 ways cruise ships can be more environmentally friendly.
  • Click here for a video on ocean acidification, which is also negatively impacting oceans.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides an impact assessment of cruise ships on the environment. The results are striking and there is a need to set standards and monitor and regulate the activities of cruse ships to reduce carbon emissions. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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