Blueback - We Need To Protect 30% of Our Oceans by 2030

Blueback - We Need To Protect 30% of Our Oceans by 2030

Lesson 8 of 14 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Oceans
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students are introduced to the 30 x 30 campaign, a worldwide initiative for governments to protect at least 30 per cent of Earth’s land and oceans by 2030. Students explore the complexities around setting up Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn key details about the 30 x 30 initiative and its aims to rejuvenate oceans
  • learn the various ways that groups are working towards the 30 x 30 initiative
  • understand how to determine effective marine protection.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain key concepts regarding the 30 x 30 initiative 
  • recall key definitions for Marine Protected Areas, Indigenous Protected Areas and Mission Blue Hope Spots
  • recall key features of effective marine protection.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions -

  • the influence of people, including First Nations Australians and people in other countries, on the characteristics of a place AC9HS5K04   
  • the management of Australian environments, including managing severe weather events such as bushfires, floods, droughts or cyclones, and their consequences AC9HS5K05
  • propose actions or responses to issues or challenges and use criteria to assess the possible effects AC9HS5S06

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2GE3-4

Resources required


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Digital literacy 
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical understanding
  • Problem solving

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low: This resource and its associated materials should have all teachers need to be able to deliver this lesson. Concepts are explicitly explored within the lesson and the ICT requirements of the lesson are standard, in that a functioning laptop with access to the Internet and a projector will suffice. 

Minderoo Foundation is proud to be the education partner for the film adaption of Tim Winton’s best-selling book, Blueback.

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