Humanities - The Big Debate!
Arguments for and against Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Due Monday 28th February
In class today we looked at the life and death of Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, who spent his life fighting to protect the Amazon Rainforest and believed in sustainable farming.
We have spent time over the last few weeks looking at reasons why we should protect the rainforests from deforestation. Chico's death makes it clear that there were a lot of people that wanted to cut down parts of the Amazon Rainforest for different reasons. Chico therefore made many friends and enemies, in his lifetime, due to his views about deforestation.
At home I would like you to reflect on what you learnt in class and present all the reasons you can think of for and against the destruction of the rainforest. You can present your findings however you like but please present it neatly on paper (no larger than A3) as it will be stuck into your Rainforests Portfolio.
If any of you are struggling to remember some of the motives in our murder mystery can look on this website to refresh your memories.
You should be able to remember the key reasons but here are the suspects if you want to read about them again.
If you think the rainforest should be chopped down, can you think of ways to make this as sustainable as possible?
If you are particularly interested about Chico Mendes, you can research him and write his biography. This can be presented however you like.