Who owns the sky?

A story about a community of fisher-people whose livelihood depends on a river that dries up, which explores the concept of ownership of natural resources

A story about a community of fisher-people whose livelihood depends on a river that dries up, which explores the concept of ownership of natural resources and whether they can be shared, and even stolen. Combining an animated parable with live action discussions with children, this encourages children to consider if and how natural resources like water can be owned and what happens when one community benefits from it at the expense of another, and is adapted from a story by Jason Buckley.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used as a lesson starter for a philosophical discussion about the sharing of natural resources. Then children could watch the clips in parts with a pause for discussion in between, using the questions at the end of each part, or work with the children to choose their own. Children could be encouraged to consider whether it is possible to own natural resources, and if so, how should they be shared. Further questions could include: "should you put your own family or community before another family or community that you don’t know?", at the end of part 2. Children could be encouraged to add reason in their answers, to explain their opinions and to present alternative viewpoints, in order to stimulate deeper thought and discussion. Encourage children to agree or disagree without judging, and move the discussion forward by asking for new thoughts.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Modern Studies. This topic appears This clip will be relevant for teaching Modern Studies at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, and 1st and 2nd levels in Scotland.