‘Take care of the small things and the big things will take care of themselves.’ What is the relevance of this statement in the context of the Antarctic environment?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

The adage “Take care of the smaller things, and the big things will take care of themselves” is applicable to all situations. The underlying message is that everyone can make a small contribution to protecting the environment and society, notwithstanding the author’s use of phytoplankton as an example. The average world temperature won’t rise if we make tiny changes like turning off the light when not in use, forgoing plastic bags, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, conserving water, etc. Antarctica’s glaciers won’t melt, possibly saving the world from an impending end.

Antarctica Bill

The proposed bill will be India’s first domestic legislation pertaining to Antarctica.

  1. A thorough set of rules for scientific missions, as well as for people, businesses, and tourists visiting Antarctica, are established under the Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022.
  2. According to the statute, offences committed on the continent by Indian nationals or foreigners taking part in Indian expeditions are subject to Indian courts’ jurisdiction.

Objectives –

  • the militarization of Antarctica.
  • to declare it a place exempt from nuclear testing and the storage of radioactive waste.
  • to guarantee that it is only utilised for peaceful objectives.
  • to encourage global collaboration in Antarctic science.
  • to resolve differences on geographical sovereignty.

Need –

  • Protecting the pristine Antarctic ecosystem and the ocean that surrounds it from human activity and the exploitation of marine life is becoming more and more crucial.
  • In the upcoming years, India anticipates an increase in activities in Antarctica, necessitating the development of domestic standards.
  • India has launched expeditions to Antarctica over the past 40 years, but these operations have been constrained by international law.
  • Because there had previously been no legal recourse for crimes committed during an expedition, including environmental offences, legislation was required.
  • Domestic law will increase the validity of the Antarctic Treaty and its follow-up protocols, to which India is a signatory.


‘Take care of the smaller things and the big things will take care of themselves’ has a universal relevance. Even if the author explained it with an example of phytoplankton, the main meaning is that every person can contribute in his own little ways to protect the environment and society.

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