Body Earth Metaphor Workshop

What Is It?

A roleplay activity that uses the human body as a metaphor for the earth and the ecological crisis.

Why Do it?

  • To explain how the human body is a really good model of the Earth. Just like the earth, your body is a living system made up of interdependent living systems.
  • To show how humans are an integral part of the Earth system because it is the sum of our planet’s interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes.
  • To demonstrate the extent of energy and ecological destruction from:
  • Deforestation
  • Toxics and pollution
  • Damming of rivers
  • Energy extraction and consumption for electricity, fuel
  • War and militarism
  • Land use changes (industrial agriculture)
  • Biodiversity loss


30 minutes – 45 minutes

Materials needed

  • Articles of clothing: Jacket, hoodie, puffy, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.
  • Additional props to represent different impacts
  • Volunteer(s)


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