Going, Going, Gone…
Imagine this space as a kind of Noah's Ark. Here we think about what we can do to preserve the biodiversity of the planet and try to find out what human beings need to do to keep the homes and habitats of animals and plants and to understand what we have already done to damage the places where they should live and flourish as God intends. First, however, you are invited to look at some images of creatures that have recently gone extinct and to consider the impact of their loss and the manner of their passing. You are then invited to look at some of the living things on our planet which are on the brink of extinction.
Although extinction is a natural process, and mass extinctions have taken place before, many recent extinctions are different because we are directly responsible for making it impossible for animals and plants to continue to live and thrive. These creatures are dying, or have died because human beings have hunted them out of existence, ruined their habitats, interrupted their food chain or otherwise made it impossible for them to survive and flourish. Do we care? How do you think God feels about the destruction of parts of the creation?
If you are doing this with a group you might like to make copies of the pictures and put them up around your own group space.
You might like to make a note of your thoughts about these creatures in your journal, notebook or blog, or consider what memories of our fragile planet you could carry with you in your rucksack.