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Earth Matters

Stories for Reflection

In this space, you can engage with some words from those working on the relationship between human beings and our world in the context of ecology and climate change. What will happen to people around the world if we do nothing about the fifth mark of mission? There are some questions and activities from Sharing God's Planet, to help you reflect more deeply on the news stories.


How many people can the planet sustain?

As the world's population reaches 7 billion...

The editorial in the Guardian online on 23rd October 2011 reported that some demographers are warning of dire consequences for the environment, which will be most pronounced in parts of the world where the population grows fastest – such as sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, policies aimed at tackling poverty and disease are not progressing. Some are saying that life for the earth's majority has got better in the 12 years since the 6 billionth person has been born. However, the Guardian argues that our current time is "so shaped by the burden of human activity that scientists are calling it the anthropocene age, the explosive near-trebling of the world's population from just 2.5bn in 1950 demands at least an equal focus on reducing our environmental impact."

Population growth: the baby bomb - Guardian Online 23rd October 2011

Continue: impact on the poorest
© CTBI and MTAG 2011

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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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