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Protecting our forests - A vital ecosystem under threat

Forests are often called the “earth’s green lung,” because they store CO2 and produce oxygen, thus helping to regulate the climate. But what happens if our forests disappear and what can we do to help protect them?

Whether we’re talking about deciduous, coniferous, rain or dry forests, a healthy forest is maintained by a delicate balancing act of give and take. Many people live directly from and in forests, which provide food, shelter and even medicinal plants for healing. 

Still, when economic interests take over, this delicate symbiotic relationship can be thrown out of balance. Economic and environmental interests often clash in the forest because wood is a wildly popular and seemingly irreplaceable raw material for entire industrial sectors, including paper and pulp. But vast swathes of forest are also destroyed, not for their wood, but to make way for palm oil and soy plantations, cattle ranching and mining.

What can children and young people do to help protect the forest? How can they help restore balance? Deutsche Welle’s learning pack “Protecting our forests: A vital ecosystem under threat” enables educators to tackle this topic with young people aged 12 to 16, as well as with youth and environment groups.


The learning pack "Protecting our forests: A vital ecosystem under threat" includes:

  • 1 booklet with worksheets, 2 articles and explanatory handouts 
  • 19 picture cards
  • 9 videos
  • 1 experiment
  • 1 interactive web documentary

All materials may be downloaded and used by educational institutions for non-commercial purposes free of charge. You can also send us an e-mail to request a printed version of the learning pack with a DVD.

Learning pack articles

Learning pack pictures

WWW links

Audios and videos on the topic