Cathwor Lesson 6 Ecological and Environmental Issues | Resource | Ecology

Catholic Social Teachings on Environmental and Ecological Issues

his task is to identify Cool and Ok solution to solve the problem and make everyone happy. . If the teacher says Coke. all number 3 will race to move 1 step and tell the solution to the given problem. his task is to explain the Root Cause of the problem • 3rd member represents Coke. all number two should race to move one step and tell the Root Cause of the earlier mentioned problem. his task is to identify Problems • 2nd member represents RC. If the teacher says RC. • The teacher will say Pepsi and all number 1 will move 1 step forward. The first group to reach the finish line will be the winner. The first one to move one step should tell one problem.Group Activity: The “Softdrink” Game • The class will be divided into several groups with 3 members each. • 1st member represents Pepsi.

Problem Cause Solution (See) (Judge) (Act) . • Discuss all the possible causes of the identified problems. air. water and others. • The chart will be helpful for you. • Enumerate as many solutions as possible to the identified problems. classify ecological and environmental problems into the following categories to facilitate easy identification of problems: land.Preliminary Activity for Each Group • As a group.


Ecological problems caused by technology • Air pollution • Saturation of the environment with chemicals • Pollution and depletion of water resources • Defacement of the beauty of nature .


Judge .

• Reverence for nature – plant. animals and inanimate nature merit appreciation. Prudence and responsibility demands that we reduce possible risks. . wisdom and amiability.limitation – Humans cannot claim unbounded liberty of scientific research and experimentation because of the possible destructive consequences. Every creature reflects God’s goodness. value and eternal worth.Fundamental Orientations on Ecological Issues • Love of nature – Humans must love nature because it is the handiwork of God. • Moderation and self. respect and protection because they have their own goodness.

• Humans must take good care of their “house” so it will remain a place favorable to their lives as well as to the subsistence of all creatures that live and dwell therein. .Requirements of an Ecological Ethics • Ecology comes from Greek “oikos” which means “house”.

• Human attitudes – indolence. imprudent deforestation. lower cost and better profit • Neglect of environmental needs and concerns – dangers resulting from production processes such as industry. reckless hunting and the likes. lack of flexibility. . mining and agriculture.Obstacles to Ecological Responsibility • Vested economic interest – higher output. reluctance to learn resulting to faulty agricultural methods.

Maximization of Progress • Must remain oriented towards social justice and ecological compatibility • Must respect optimization of human existence – aims at improvement of human living conditions .

Aims of Economy • • • • • • full employment monetary stability foreign trade balance congruous economic growth and just income distribution must be expanded to “preservation of the natural environment” .


natural gas.Responsible Use of Natural Resources • Don’t waste nonrenewable resources such as crude oil. and some metals. coal. • Renewable resources such as plant and animal species must not be consumed faster than they can be replaced. .

reusable materials and avoid throw-away products. • Examine your own lifestyle – buy nonpolluting products. on local.Personal concern and critical conduct in consumption • Learn as much as possible about problems and policies on environment. recycle. conserve water and energy • Vote for environment oriented officials • Volunteer and work with environmental organizations . national and international levels.

” ( The Church and the Ecological Crisis. nature suffers. and when they obey God. 37) . nature rejoices.Quote for Reflection: • “ Humans are so intrinsically related to nature that when they sin against God.

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