Eco House

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The phrase 'as dead as a dodo' reminds us that this extraordinary creature is really gone forever and we will never be able to see a living specimen. It has been extinct since the 17th century. The dodo was a large, heavy, flightless bird, related to the pigeon, living on the island of Mauritius. It did not know that humans were a threat to it and laid its eggs on the ground.

When people first arrived on Mauritius, they brought with them other animals such as cats, pigs, rats and monkeys. These animals killed the dodos and ate their eggs. Matters were made worse by human destruction of their forest habitat.


Earth Matters

Going, Going, Gone…

Here in our ecological house, we can create spaces for conservation, just as Scripture tells us that Noah took animals into the Ark to protect them from the Flood.

The point is though, that those animals in the story were able to be released back into the wild and to flourish and prosper again. The problem we face today is that even if we keep animals and breed them in captivity, that is not the same as enabling them to co-exist with us in the wild.


Some other recently extinct creatures you might like to think about include:

  • The Golden Toad
  • The American Parakeet

Action points

Want to do something?

  • You can find out about various projects you can be involved in through the London Zoo
  • Or look at this DVD: Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and Mark Cawardine - Programme website

What do you want to do now? Where else will your journey take you?

If you continue on the green pathway you can choose to:

  • Resources: find more information on the Internet, explore resources such as a CO2 emission calculator, and choose books to further your knowledge.
  • Arts: Discover films, TV programmes and music that relate to ecological issues.
  • Meal: prepare a welcoming meal to share with others using a recipe we provide.
Resources: explore the Internet, find books
Art: discover films, TV and music
Meal: share food with others
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

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.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


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
  • Earth Abbey resources
  • Jubilee Centre resources


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.


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


Books and online resources for self study and online research


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


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


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