What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Show pupils the infographic 'sources of UK wood'. Ask pupils what information they can gather from the graphic. Highlight that the UK produces approximately 1/3 of all its wood. We import wood mainly from Europe and we import some special types of hardwood from the African rainforest. Wood from the African rainforest is used for a variety of things such as flooring, doors, kitchen work surfaces and furniture.
Remind pupils that there are a number of processes wood has to go through before it arrives in your home or school for use. Think about the people who might be involved in this process. What jobs might they have? Think about forestry workers, factory workers, furniture shops, shipping, etc. They could draw a map showing how something from their list of objects made in the wood survey reaches them. Discuss with the class how many different people are affected by the journey of wood using the teacher prompts below.
Show the class the FSC symbol. Ask if anyone has seen it before? What did they see it on? Does anyone know what it means? Ask the class if they can think of any other symbols which indicate to consumers that products have been produced to a particular standard. E.g. Fairtrade, Organic Soil Association
Watch one of the film clips from WWF or Who Cares about the Forest? Discuss the ways it encourages people to buy FSC products. Pupils might want to create posters or hold an assembly to raise awareness through the school. Further ideas for taking action can be found in the Active Global Citizens section.
We are connected to many different people who work in the timber industry in different countries in the world.
As consumers we have the power to affect the ‘supply chain’ and to support people’s rights to a sustainable livelihood.
Sustainable forestry can provide the landowner with more income than they’d get if they cleared the forest and used the land for farming.
Forests support up to 1.6 billion people (more than 1/5 of the world’s population) directly by providing food, jobs, medicines, fuel and materials for homes and household goods.
Ask pupils to find as many different products as possible which have the FSC label. They could revisit their original list of wood products from the wood survey task and see how many of those have the label.
Visit www.justforests.org/thinking-trees for links to videos showing how pencils and paper are made. Teacher info: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Each log has a tracking number which verifies its path from the forest to the shop and all the steps in between. Any product which is FSC verified will carry the logo and the tracking number.
The FSC tick tree logo is used to identify products from well-managed forests. These forests are managed with due respect for the environment, the wildlife and the people who live and work in them. Choosing FSC products where possible, and asking for FSC products where they are not available, creates a demand that feeds back through the supply chain and encourages more forest managers to reach the FSC’s high standards.
You can find the FSC logo on a whole range of products including toilet and kitchen roll, birthday cards, magazines, books, furniture, milk cartons and packaging.