Okay! I am going to ask you to stop what you are doing and look up as far as you can….be careful….don’t hurt your neck! As far up as you can see was the height of some of the tallest trees that covered the earth during prehistoric times. These majestic creations of nature provided many, many benefits then, just as the trees today help to improve our quality of life. In this camp we will explore why it is important to protect trees, and, by extension, protect our quality of life.
The word Deforestation can be defined as:
The purposeful clearing of forested land. (National Geographic)
You can find this definition at National Geographic.
There are two videos to choose from to learn about deforestation.
The first one gives some general information, including a general overview of deforestation.
The second video describes some of the benefits of trees.
Feel free to watch one, or both!
You will see three other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities!
Advanced learners or anyone who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with an Advanced Activity!
Here is a video that shows how trees can help to reduce fossil fuel emissions through a process called carbon sequestration.
Here is a definition of carbon sequestration provided at the Britannica website.
This is how trees help to combat climate change!
While planting trees can help to combat the negative effects of deforestation, it is important to adopt a holistic approach when creating a solution.
This video provides some insight into sustainable forestry, and seeks to illustrate that it is possible to adopt a method of forestry that honours the beautiful ecosystem of the forest, rather than just cutting down trees.
Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and was a passionate defender of the environment. She dedicated herself to planting trees in an effort to combat climate change, and she strove to improve the lives of women. She founded The Green Belt Movement, an organisation which focuses on, among other things, planting trees and providing gender advocacy.
Think about the ways that trees and plants benefit our health, and help to keep the environment healthy! You may not be able to plant a tree, but you can also do your part to keep this planet green by having a plant in your room to talk to and take care of!
A forest is a place full of life, beauty, and nature. Some people imagine forests to be full of magic and mystery…
I invite you to explore these magical forests, and consider which one is your favourite, or you would like to visit someday. Create a drawing of your favourite forest, or a written description based on any of the forests in the link.
Create a model of the effects of deforestation. The video in the link is an example of a model. You can use cardboard, bristol board, drawings (printed or created by you), Play Doh (to create plants, rocks, trees) and construction paper, and any safe materials that you choose.
One side of the model can show green trees and plants; the other side can have rocks and rubble…let your imagination be your guide 🙂
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