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Al Gore
Al Gore starred in the film An Inconvenient Truth
Photo: Recyclebank and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Image by Reto Stöckli

Films / DVDs

Some films you might like to watch with an environment/ecology theme:

  • Avatar (2009)

    A paraplegic Marine on a mission to a planet called Pandora loves and defends the indigenous people when he discovers his own people want to destroy the beautiful planet's habitat for minerals
  • Wall-E (2008)

    Human beings have left earth because they have filled it up with rubbish. Wall-E is a robot left behind to clear up the mess. Humans can't come back until they learn how to care for their planet.
  • The Day after Tomorrow (2004)

    Climate change causes a huge wave and freezing temperatures that threaten New York
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007)

    The group Green Day are sunk with rubbish after they mention the environment and Homer ends up polluting the lake. The solution: to encase Springfield under a dome before destroying it…
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    A probe is threatening to destroy the earth as it wants to talk to a hump-backed whale, but they are extinct. Captain Kirk and his crew go back in time to find whales and bring them to the future, only to find them already under threat.
  • An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

    Al Gore's campaign to make people recognise the issue of global warming
  • Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

    The story of Dian Fossey and her attempts to protect endangered gorillas
  • Happy Feet (2006)

    A penguin who doesn't fit in, finds his feet in a world of over-fishing and dangerous plastic
  • Hoot (2006)

    Kids join together to protect a colony of endangered owls
  • Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

    The fairy people of Fern Gully are threatened by humans who have come to destroy their rainforest
Continue: music tracks with lyrics to think about
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Navigating the pathways

You have a number of pathways through the various spaces of this house:

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

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Welcome

Opening challenge to learn more about mission and care for creation with some introductory material to think about.

Scripture passages with questions

  • Genesis 1. 26-31
  • Romans 8.18-21
  • Genesis 6.11-21
Also:
  • Earth Abbey resources
  • Jubilee Centre resources

Images

Pictures of extinct and endangered animals; conservation issues

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

A chance to review what gifts you bring to the topic or what things to leave behind. A chance for confession or saying sorry and to make new commitments

Quote, unquote

What people have been saying about climate change and care for the planet. With questions to consider.

Prayers

A series of prayers, images and activities for meditation on the words of the fifth mark of mission
Also links to other prayer resources

Resources

Books and online resources for self study and online research

Diary/blog

A chance to review notes or entries you have made and to read others thoughts about the topic

Theology

Theologians writing on care for creation: Dave Bookless, The Ecumenical Patriarch and Claire Foster. With questions to consider.

Hymns and other music

Suggestions for listening to natural sounds, hymns, psalms, Taizé chants, classical, popular music and new music on the theme of care of creation

Films, Music

Films to watch, music tracks and clips with an ecological theme

Footsteps of Jesus

  • Consider the lilies Matthew 6. 25-34
  • The Storm
  • Matthew 8.23-27
  • The Fig Tree
  • Mark 11.12-14; 20-21

Conversation and Dialogue

Listening to people talking about the environment, including: a group of theologians and scientists talking to ARocha, Jeremy Clarkson and David Shreeve.

Reflections and Story telling

  • Can the earth sustain 7 billion people?
  • What about food security for people?
  • What about health?
  • Reflections from Sharing God's Planet
Reflections from Sharing God's Planet

Hospitality

A recipe for a meal and suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

Exit: Dispossession

Final review of what may have changed in using the resource. A few ideas about what to take away, or how to live differently, or to do more in future, and a chance to leave feedback
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