The rainforest role-playing game: Protect or use?
Instructions for a role-playing game that makes it possible for the students to experience the dangers for tropical rainforests.
Tips are provided to help the students prepare the content. The game situation is briefly explained. Then the six roles are described in detail:
• Plantation manager
• Fine wood dealer
• Native inhabitant of the rainforest
• Peasant farmer
• Consumer in central Europe/North America
Background information and links to additional information are provided for working out the roles.
A double teaching period should be provided to prepare for and carry out the role-playing game.
Information and ideas:
Other roles can be added, such as an engineer for road construction.
Using the following sources: Dr. Tom Deutschle; WWF 2011 Living Forest Report; “Indigenous affairs 2/05," IWGIA (2005); “Geografie Infothek," Klett; Pro REGENWALD; Süddeutsche Zeitung (Sept. 2, 2012); Schrot & Korn Magazin (09/2012)