In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants consider how to act responsibly as stewards of the planet, by hear and discussing a story.
Read or tell the story.
Lead a discussion, with these questions:
Ask the youth for their observations about paper, plastic, and cloth shopping bags. Allow some comments, then say:
Not too many years ago, there was a movement to return to the use of paper bags instead of plastic. Then, the movement toward cloth bags moved into the mainstream of American life.
In terms of what we eat, people started demanding organic food in order to ingest fewer chemicals. But some organic food has to be shipped long distances, creating a heavy carbon footprint. Now many people advocate for eating locally. Yet, sometimes local fruits, vegetables, and dairy products in the grocery store cost much more than non-local items. This means people with lower incomes may have to choose: Should I be responsible to the earth, or to my household budget?
Every day we are learning more about how production and consumption of our food and other goods affect the earth. Is it hard to sometimes know which action is most responsible towards the earth? How do we find a balance—use moderation—when we have to make decisions about being ecologically responsible?
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Last updated on Friday, March 16, 2012.
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