Read the article 'Popping the bubble: Waking up to climate change' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Tess says her vocation is to work to protect the environment. What is a vocation?
2. Do you have an inclining of what God wants you to do with your life? Why or why not? If yes, what is it?
3. Why do you think Tess targets her workshops at young people?
4. How old will you be in 2050? What can you do to protect the environment in your day-to-day life?
5. Tess says she pops her audiences’ bubbles? What bubble do we all live in? Why do you think many people do not see climate change as a real threat or let it slip their minds?
1. How old will you be in 2050? Write a short story about what life is like in Australia in 2050?
Some ideas to get you started: What is the state of the environment? How have humans changed when it comes to caring for the environment? How have humans not changed? What animals or forest have become extinct? What animals or forest have been saved? What climate change predictions came true? Which ones were wrong? What new technologies developed to generate energy or help clean up the environment? What hope do humans have in 2050?
Share your story with your class.
2. Get Tess to come to your school! Invite Tess Corkish to do a Youth Laudato Si’ workshop at your parish or school. First, ask your teacher and principal for permission and support. Then, contact Tess Corkish at: email@example.com
For younger students
Bubbles popped: Start a poster campaign at your school. Break up into groups of three or four and create posters on how to stop climate change. Make sure you use large letters, pictures, symbols and lots of colours.
When you’re finished, get permission from your principal or teacher to hang your posters around the school.
Check out more resources at Catholic Earth Care Australia here