003 - Ocean Ownership

Debatable Question

Should the ownership of oceans be shared to create a system of equitable power?

Approaches to Learning

Critical Thinking Skills - Analysing and evaluating issues and ideas - Gather and organise relevant information to formulate an argument.

Key Terminology

We will be defining the term above during the lesson but if you are still unsure use the 'Useful Link' below:

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Activity One - Create

For this activity you are going to be asked to create a guide by hand to outline who owns what 'bit' of the ocean. Collect a piece of A4 paper and a set of coloured pens to help you present this guide. You will need to include the following in your guide:

Who owns the sea?

Who owns the Arctic Ocean?

What are ocean zones?

Activity Two - Conflict - Discussion

As you have discovered in Activity One it is difficult to define who should own certain aspects of the oceans and once decided on by the UN it still comes with issues. The group are going to be divided into four groups to investigate a dispute over ocean ownership. Each team are going to decide on who should own the disputed area of ocean and why. By prepared to convince your audience!

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Activity Three - Sustainable Development Goals

It is clear from Activity One that while the oceans are perhaps seen as 'International Water' and no one owns it in reality countries have a huge impact on how their use. While the EEZ is a global agreement the Sustainable Development Goals help to transcend the idea of national ownership to the fact that we are all responsible for the impact we are having on the ocean environments. Even here in Switzerland, as a land locked country, we are impacting the quality of the ocean water, the habitats it contains and the resources we demand from it. Therefore, the United Nations Sustainbale Development Goals are vital to transcend traditional ownership laws to encourage all to behave responsibly towards our oceans.