Activity Introduction

blue_coral-reef_lotr_0080_photoframeQuick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students explore the impact unsustainable fishing practices have on the liveability of traditional small fishing villages in the Asian region. They will explore their perceptions of liveability and consider the current and future viability, and quality of life for the people in small fishing villages, whose main livelihood depends on the resources from the oceans. Students will explore the interconnection between environmental protection, sustainability and liveability.

blue-white-logo-120pxBlue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Find out how to screen or download the film here. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.

Learning intention:

  • Students will be able to understand how liveability is different for different people and how it can be affected by a place and its resources, and also by environmental factors over time.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Geography Unit 2 Places and Liveability:

  • Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHGK043)
  • The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045)

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-3, GE4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections between people and places and environments and describe how these interconnections change places and environments. Students describe alternative strategies to a geographical challenge referring to environmental, economic and social factors.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.

Unit of work: Blue The Film – Geography – Year 7.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Large A3 sheets of paper and textas. Liveability Images (enough for one per group).

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, commercial fishing, liveability, unsustainable, place, time, factory boats, global fishing demand, livelihood, catch sizes, economic migration, pole fishing, netting, consumer choice.

Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia in the development of these teaching resources.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

© 2017 Northern Pictures and Cool Australia


Teacher Worksheet

blue_fish-swimming_untitled_1-583-1_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will be able to understand how liveability is different for different people and how it can be affected by a place and its resources, and also by environmental factors over time.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Identify factors that make places liveable
  • Differentiate between sustainable and unsustainable fishing practices
  • Understand the effect of commercial fishing practices on liveability of places over time


Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. No matter where you live on our blue planet – you’re connected to the sea.

But the seas are under threat. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: “It is good people who make good places” - Anna Sewell

1. Record your personal criteria for liveability. Then thinking to the future, list what might be your criteria in 50 years' time. There are no right or wrong responses, only explain what your are thinking.

 My top 4 liveability criteria for now   My top 4 liveability criteria in 50 years 

Explain why there are similarities and differences:

2. After watching the video below, fill in the 'See-Feel-Wonder' table. 

Unsustainable fishing (


3. Thinking about the liveability characteristics of the fishing village, if they would decline, what would be two key factors that might cause the people from this village to leave/migrate from this place?

4. From your presentation, write your ideas on how to enhance the liveability of the small fishing village in the video. Try to include some of these words: factory boats, g

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