Quick 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 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.
- 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
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.
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 Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The 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.
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