Taking It Home
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species—man--acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world. — Rachel Carson
IN TODAY’S SESSION… we discussed global climate change and explored a Unitarian Universalists call to be good stewards of the earth. Today’s children will have to adapt to many impacts of climate change while continuing to seek ways to lessen human impact on our earth. What miracles will they need? Collectively, what miracles can we make?
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about… ways around your house that you can conserve, re-use, and recycle. Make a list of new ideas, and post them prominently. Try to follow up by acting on your new initiatives.
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try…There are many ways to re-use and recycle household items. Coffee cans can be decorated and made into handy storage bins. Old books or DVDs can be shared with someone who hasn’t read/seen them; an old CD can become a coaster to protect a table surface or a shiny material to use in an art project. Newspaper can be used to clean glass surfaces or donated to animal shelters/veterinarians. Plastic food storage bags can be washed and re-used. Old or outgrown clothes can be donated, cut into rags, or sewn into something new. Work on making great homemade recycled gifts for family and friends for all occasions.
Family Discovery. The Families insert in the Summer 2015 issue of UU World magazine is devoted to climate change: its causes, its effects, and what we can do to adapt. Share with the whole family an inspiring, true story about widespread conversion to wind power on a Danish island. Download/print as a PDF file.
Family Adventure. Want to know more about how energy works? The website of the nonprofit educational organization, Science Buddies, presents instructions at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for hands-on experiments and projects to study various energy sources from wind power to geothermal heat pumps.