What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Activity: African Rainforest Development game
Divide the class into 6 groups. Each group will represent a forest user and pupils will have to present their viewpoint in a discussion. Give them all a role card. Set the scene: You live in a fictitious African country which has a great natural resource; a rainforest (give the country a name). Your country is very poor and owes lots of money to the International Bank. The government has put forward the following proposal to develop the forest.
Forest development proposal
A large area of rainforest will be developed to provide jobs and prosperity for the people in this country. New roads will be built. Logging companies will clear the forests. The land will be turned into farms. Mining companies will search for oil, coal and minerals. This plan will bring jobs, money, schools and hospitals to the people of the forest.
Give each group time to discuss their role and come to an agreement on their view of the forest development proposal and prepare their reasons for this viewpoint (in role). They must nominate a representative in each group who will be their spokesperson.
Invite each representative to introduce the group they represent and present their opinion about the proposed development.
Invite any other members of the class to share their viewpoint or to ask questions.
Can the whole class come to a consensus as to how the forest proposal might be changed so that it accommodates everyone's viewpoint?
After the activity is complete hold a plenary discussion using the teacher prompts below.
Repeat the pre-activity around the 2 statements:
Have their views changed? What has changed? Why?
In Scotland did we use our natural resources in a sustainable way in the past?