Quick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students explore how the creation of marine parks can protect our oceans and enhance the liveability of our planet. Through the lens of the various needs of different groups of people, students will consider the multi-use demands upon the marine parks for research, species protection, leisure, tourist income and commercial fishing, and how park management can conserve this delicate ecosystem for the generations that follow.
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 understand the competing pressures in ways people live with the ocean and the importance of managing resources and caring for the environment.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Geography Unit 2 Places and Liveability:
- The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045)
- Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)
Syllabus outcomes: GE4-3, GE4.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, 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: 140 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. Marine Sanctuaries Factsheet (one per student). Zones For Marine Parks Factsheet (one per group). Ocean Activity Images (one copy for the class).
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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