What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Pre task. For homework pupils need to discuss with a neighbour or relative the questions on the homework sheet and note down their thoughts.
In groups, ask pupils to discuss what they learned from their parents or neighbours about the developments or changes which have taken place in their community over the last ten years. Feedback key thoughts to class.
Shuffle the 'What is development?' statement cards and hand them out so that pupils have one each. Give everyone a couple of minutes to read their card. Explain that everyone has to start moving around the room when the music starts. When the music stops, pupils have to turn to the person standing nearest to them and discuss which of the 2 statements are more likely to represent 'sustainable development'. It doesn't matter if they pair up with a pupil with the same card as they may have a different perspective.
After a couple of minutes, the music should begin again. The pair swap cards and move off with their new card. The teacher should stop the music three or four times in total. Each time the pupils debate what's on their new card.
Then ask all pupils to stand in a large circle with the two sheets marked 'sustainable development' and 'unsustainable development' in the middle. Now explain to pupils they are to decide if they agree or disagree with their statement, but all in silence. The first pupil sticks their card onto the appropriate sheet. The following pupils do likewise but can also move one other statement to the opposite sheet. Nobody comments during this stage.
Now ask if the pupils are happy with the placement of the cards. Why? How did the pupils feel when their card was moved?
In groups pupils should now brainstorm any further ideas they have about sustainable development and write them on to post-its (perhaps ideas about peace, prosperity, how we look after the elderly, disabled, or refugees, or paid maternity/paternity leave, affordable childcare etc).
Next ask each group to pick one idea from either the cards or their post-its and discuss potential 'benefits' and 'problems' associated with this. Is it easy to decide? Does this align with previous thinking on 'sustainable' and 'unsustainable' development'?
'Development' can mean anything to anybody! The mining company who want to build quarry operations in the rainforest and the protestors who oppose may both say that they are supporting development.
Review the statement below and discuss.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.