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Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Connecting Experience

Oceans and seas cover over 70% of our planet. Our existence depends on them for food, water, energy, and more, yet they’re suffering from overfishing and plastic pollution. By keeping our oceans clean and our fish stocks healthy, we’ll ensure that the Earth will remain habitable for humankind for centuries to come. 

Tasks

Ocean Exploration
Wake up points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  5+

Time:   20 – 30 minutes (Participants will need to know details ahead of the meeting so they have time to prepare).

Objective:

To discover the many creatures that call the water home.

Material:

n/a

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Escape the fisherman
Wake up points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people:  5+

Time:   20 – 30 minutes

Objective:

To learn about overfishing

Material:

N/A 

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Swim Away
Look around points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  10+

Time:   20 – 30 minutes

Objective:

To learn about pollution in the ocean and how it affects the creatures that live there.

Material:

Open space to run around in

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Instructions:

Pick a few members of the group to be on, these participants will play the part of pollution while the remaining participants will play fish.  

  • The fish can swim through the ocean (ie. run around the room) while the pollution can only float (ie. walk) 
  • The pollution is trying to catch the fish, the fish is trying to avoid being caught 
  • The first time a fish is caught, they must put their arms behind their back 
  • If that fish is caught a second time, they must hop on one foot  
  • If they are caught a third time, they join the pollution 
  • Winner is the participant who lasts the longest as a fish  

Discussion  

  • What are things you can find in the ocean or sea that don’t belong there?  
  • How do you think these things get in the water?  
  • How do these things affect the animals that live in the ocean? 
  • What can you do to help prevent water pollution? 
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Fishing for information
Look around points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people: 5+

Time:   20 – 30 minutes

Objective:

 To learn how some types of fishing are better for the ocean than others.

Material:

n/a

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Instructions:

Have participants research different methods of fishing, focusing on the sustainability of each, and the harm they may cause.  

Hold a group discussion where participants share which methods they think cause the most and least harm.  

Set them the task of investigating where their fish comes from, is it sustainable? Or is there a different choice they could make that would be more sustainable? 

Water clean up
ACT points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  5+

Time:   1 – 2 hours

Objective:

To reduce the pollution of water sources locally.

Material:

Bin bags and gloves

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Instructions:

As a group, choose a local area such as a river, lake, beach or any other water area that needs to be cleaned up. Have the participants create a plan for how they’re going to collect rubbish, where they will dispose of it etc.  

Depending on the size of the area, they might decide that they need to ask the community for help to complete the clean up 

Before heading to the area, ensure they know the danger of getting too close to the water, and to be careful not to touch anything sharp etc.  

Discussion:  

  • Were you surprised by how many bags you filled?  
  • Why do you think people litter in this area? 
  • What is something you can do to help keep the area clean? 
Stop the mess
ACT points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   1 – 2 weeks

Objective:

To help an area stay clean.

Material:

Project dependent

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Instructions:

Explore the different water-based locations in your area, such as riverbanks, lakes, beaches etc. Choose one to focus on, or more if the group is large.  

If there’s a group in your area doing the ‘Water Clean Up’ action, you could join them, creating something to help the area they clean to stay clean. 

Participants should work together to come up with something they think will help keep the area clean, such as building bins to make it easier to throw trash away or creating signs that encourage people to think before they throw something.  

Note: ensure you get the relevant permissions for your project.

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