Chocolate: Are we sacrificing biodiversity for pleasure?
An affordable luxury, a little treat or a much-anticipated indulgence after a long day, but should we be more aware of the true price of cocoa production to both wildlife and farmers?
Born Free’s Great Debate aims to provide teachers with the tools to engage their students in meaningful debates about key wildlife or environmental topics.
Students will not only gain knowledge about the debate topic, but also skills that will help them to research, frame and deliver an argument. Armed with these skills, young people are more equipped to take action such as reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment, by making simple lifestyle changes, and encouraging others to follow.
Lesson 1. The argument for cocoa production
• To understand the social, economic and environmental benefits of cocoa production
• To rank and justify the benefits of cocoa production.
Lesson 2. The argument against cocoa production
• To understand the social, economic and environmental cost of cocoa production
• To rank and justify the costs of cocoa production.
Lesson 3. Researching the issue
• To analyse a range of arguments
• To summarise and organise material to support arguments with factual detail
• To justify viewpoints.
Lesson 4. The Great Debate
• To speak confidently and effectively by participating in formal debates and structured discussions
• To listen and learn from others.
Lesson 5. Sustainable chocolate
• To make sustainable choices and take action to reduce the impact on local and global biodiversity.
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