Setting the Stage
Introduce the film by telling students that they will be watching a film about a young environmental activist who risks his life to protect an old California redwood forest. Ask students to think about what they might protect or defend that is important in their lives.
Many young people around the world are making a difference. For example, seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism with female education. Eight-year-old Cayden Taipalus of Michigan stood up for his friend who was a denied a hot school lunch. He began collecting money and raised $64 to pay off students' lunch program accounts. This sparked a worldwide movement, where donations were made to pay off lunch balances for low-income kids.
Ask students: What is an issue you are facing as a student at your school? What might you do to express your opinion about this issue in your school community?