As a society, we in the West think of ourselves as separate from the natural world. We have forgotten that we are part of the natural world and that we depend on every living cell on the planet; we are in a symbiotic relationship with all life. We have even had the notion that we are to dominate the rest of creation—that it is here primarily for our use. This perspective has contributed to the climate injustice that our children and their children will face.
This study affords elementary-aged children the opportunity to do what they are naturally inclined to do from ages five to seven—freely explore the natural world; and from ages eight to eleven—get to know and care about it.
Our work in this study is to support, rather than prevent, children’s natural desire to explore and be in wonder at life around them. This is a great gift that they bring to the life of the planet. From here, we can hope they will continue to grow in their love of the natural world that is their home, feel comfortable in it, understand their part in creation, and find the courage and receive the grace to do the challenging work of climate justice that lies before them—alongside the Source of Life, so that there can be life everywhere.
The study also includes stories, activities, recipes, and optional outdoor activities that the leaders will find helpful in explaining climate justice to children.