What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Show the pupils the film and discuss their initial response. How did it make them feel? Does anything surprise or shock them? What did they learn? What was the overall message of the film?
In groups, pupils watch the film again to focus on specific issues the film raises and prepare to share with the class what they have learnt. Groups could be given the following areas to find out about:
Give each group time to feedback the points they found out and then hold a plenary discussion on the ideas and issues raised in the film using the teacher prompts below. (NB. These are appropriate for a range of ages and levels and you will need to select accordingly.)
There are important relationships between people and trees, some of which will be explored further in the following sections. Trees (plant life) bond water, earth, air and sunlight. They form the corner stone of living ecology we all depend on. (This can be linked back to the Web of Life activities.) They provide homes to half the world's living species. 300 million people live in the forest, 1.6 billion depend on it for their livelihoods and we all rely on its benefits; food, water, air and medication.