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Top stories: Historic deal to protect oceans + News wrap 3/6/23 + Student video

March 6, 2023


Delegates at the United Nations have agreed on a historic international treaty to protect biodiversity on the high seas, a deal years in the making. The agreement is critical to reaching another U.N. goal: protecting 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. Liz Karan with the Pew Charitable Trusts joins John Yang to discuss the negotiations.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

News wrap alternative: Check out the latest segments from the NewsHour, and choose the story you’re most interested in watching! You can make a Google doc copy of our Five Facts and discussion questions that work for any of the stories here.

Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed for this story, and what is her background?
  • Where and When was the treaty discussed in this article negotiated?
  • What is the treaty designed to protect?
  • Why was the treaty necessary, according to Liz Karan?
  • How has there been disagreement between wealthy nations and developing nations over the treaty?

Focus Questions

What incentives (motivations or possible rewards) do you think nations might have in protecting marine life not part of their own territories?

Media literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to understand why this treaty is important?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

For More

What students can do: While governments can agree to help enforce restrictions on harm to marine wildlife, no treaty is going to fully protect marine life from dangers such as pollution and deterioration of habitats from climate change. There are ways students can help, however.

Student Video of the Day: “Teens on climate change: ‘You can’t avoid us.'” via Student Reporting Labs

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