Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. — George Bernard Shaw
In Today's Workshop...
We explored the importance of imagination when creating justice in the world. We learned about climate change and the issues of environmental justice associated with people around the world, as well as some imaginative responses to those issues. We also imagined ourselves as justice superheroes.
- Share your superhero with your family. Invite family and friends to a Superhero Party. Costumes required! Who would they be? What actions would they take to create justice? Do you have pets? Invent Superhero costumes for them, as well. Animals can be caretakers for those in need. What would your pet do for justice in the world?
- Watch the movie, Millions (2005). This film concerns two young brothers who discover stolen money. The youngest, an imaginative dreamer, wants to give it to the poor. The oldest thinks they should keep it in the family. What does this movie have to say about imagination? About the struggle to balance personal interest and working toward the good of society?
- Using art is an imaginative way to promote justice. Some songs about righting the wrongs in the world become very popular, such as Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" and the Black Eye Peas "Where Is the Love?", John Lennon's "Imagine" remains very popular. Read the lyrics at Lyrics 007. Research YouTube and other websites and discover all the creative ways this song has been used to promote peace and justice. Watch Michael Jackson's video for "Man in the Mirror" or "Black or White." What other popular songs can you think of that promote justice?
- What other ways can you approach justice issues in imaginative ways? What about asking your friends to join you in creating a justice coloring book for younger children? Find suggestions for how to do this at eHow. Research software that would make it easier.
- Kids Do Ecology has good, basic information on ecology.
- PlanetPals has more ecology facts and suggestions of actions you can take to help take care of the planet.
- Find out how your community fares by going to Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site. You can plug in your zip code and get statistics on your community.
- Join the Myspace community of Youth for Environmental Justice.
- Remember to use the guide to note experiences you have this week with justice or injustice. What did you see? Were you able to help? If not this time, will you be able to help in the future? How will you enable yourself to be ready to help in the future? Do you need the help of others?