Read the article ‘Small seeds lead to big changes’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Get into small groups and discuss the statement in the preamble ‘Never has it been so crucial for our community to protect the earth, if not for our physical wellbeing than for our moral integrity.’
2. The Encyclical, Laudato Si’, from Pope Francis was put out last year. In Article 69 he says, ‘We humans, according to the Bible, must take our place within creation, not stand outside it in a superior position. It is a distorted view of human life that claims we are better or more important than the rest of creation’ (69). What does this mean to you? How is this related to Genesis 1:28, which grants humankind dominion over the Earth?
3. How can Jesus’ life and teaching inspire us to care and love this Earth we live on?
4. What can we, in our school do, to change the culture of using plastic water bottles and then throwing them away? What other small things could we do in our schools to improve our ecosystem?
1. Does your school have a good recycling program? If not, get your year level to offer to take it upon yourselves to organize a good program. Ask for volunteers at your next assembly and then organize to meet and decide what exactly you can do and then put it to your house leader or level coordinator. Remember this cannot be done just once but will need some commitment on your part.
2. As part of the program of recycling find out what happens to the old laptops, desktops, iPads and iPhones, etc., in the school. Have some boxes or tubs around the school which must be clearly marked. Organize a day for students and teachers to bring their old tech devices and organize for TechCollect to come and fetch them the following day.
3. Go to ‘Clean Up Australia' and see if your school can be part of the next ‘Clean Up Australia’ event.
4. Go to www.earthday.org and do the Ecological Footprint Quiz. What impact are you having on the planet?
For Younger Students
1. The article will need to be summarized for the younger students as some of the concepts may be difficult for them to understand. Older children could read the article and then discuss each point.
2. Ask the students what the heading ‘Small seeds lead to big changes’ means. What could they do in their school that would help to preserve the environment? Once they have decided what they could do they need to act on it. It may be just recycling the used paper.
3. What do they think Jesus would have thought of the way we have neglected to look after our Earth? Make up a prayer asking God to help them to look after others and the world around them.