Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

#DoOneThingToday to conserve forests and forest species

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2021 under the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 13 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments to alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life land.

Between 200 and 350 million people live within or adjacent to forested areas around the world, relying on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species for their livelihoods and to cover their most basic needs, including food, shelter, energy and medicines.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Nemonte Nenquimo leads the Waorani people living in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. In 2019, the Waorani won a legal victory to protect half-a-million acres of rainforest from oil drilling, setting a precedent for regional indigenous rights. She co-founded Ceibo Alliance to unite indigenous communities in protecting their lands and livelihood. –

Nemonte’s Letter to World Leaders 

“The river, the food, the animals, the medicinal plants. We are protecting all this because the Amazon is our only home.”

The visual thinking routine we are learning about this week is Step In – Step Out – Step Back. A routine for nurturing a disposition to take social/cultural perspective responsibly.

Choose: Identify a person – Your person is Nemonte Nenquimo

Step In: Given what you see and know at this time from the website and the video, what do you think Nemonte might feel, believe, know, or experience? 


Step out: What else would you like or need to learn to understand Nemonte’s perspective better? 

Step back: Given your exploration of Nemonte’s perspective so far, what do you notice about your own perspective to her issue?

Sketch Noting Example

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce The Global Write Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1

Create a video about forests, forest wildlife and forest communities. You are the future leader of wildlife conservation, think about how you could educate others.  

Upload your video to The Global Write Flipgrid. Use the  and the videos below as a resource to access information.

Prompt 2 

Imagine you are a youth conservation and wildlife leader. You have been asked to speak at the United Nations in New York City. Write your speech. You might like to record your speech on The Global Write Flipgrid link shared above or post your written piece to The Global Write Wakelet. Use what you have learnt about Nemonte Nenquimo to gather information.

Prompt 3

If I was a youth conservation and wildlife leader I would…….

Draw a picture or create a Buncee Poster just like Marie Arturi’s Buncee Founder created to share with you. Your poster should promote World Wildlife Day 2021. Post your poster to The Global Write Buncee Board.

Talk To Our ARTIST Olivia

Can you explain the meaning behind Olivia’s image this week? She has taken her inspiration from the story of Nemonte Nenquimo and her fight to save the Amazon Rainforest. She would love to hear your thoughts about what her image signifies. Send here a message on her Wakelet and I am sure she will leave you a reply.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Step In – Step Out – Step Back Visual Thinking Routine, you can go to

The UN Sustainable Goals

and Good Life Goals we are supporting this week are:

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