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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
God's Creation and Global Warming

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Short Description:   A twelve minute video describing the risks of climate change and why it is a significant religious issue. Produced by the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches of Christ.
Long Description:   This 12-minute video is an easy-to-understand introduction to global warming, its current and potential impacts, and the overwheling ways in which industrial countries contribute to it. The video skillfully places this issue into a faith-based context; it clearly shows why people of faith should respond to this crisis.

A study guide is available at this website:

A PowerPoint of the script is available at this website:

Reviewed by:   Vicki Hesse, an Episcopal seminary student in Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   National Council of Churches
Publisher:   Eco-Justice Working Group, Natl Council Churches
Publication date:   2000 Website for this resource:
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Environmental Justice Resources
National Council of the Churches of Christ
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN   46515-0968  
Phone 800-762-0968   219-264-3102 Fax 219-262-0966  
Website E-mail    
Price $10.00  Order # EJ 0017 

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
NOTE: Our reviewer may have checked a wider age range than specified in the curriculum itself.
Optimum class size Video format restricted only by display capabilities. Best to debrief in small groups, however, particularly if using the video study guide. 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 1 class sessions each lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? The materials do not provide specific suggestions.  
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 using these materials, or even just one session from them, a reasonable, coherent and self-contained class can be offered in a single session of about an hour.
 these materials are not appropriate for more than a single class session.
Are learners expected to do homework? The reviewer did not describe any homework  
Target audience:
 Interfaith - addressed people of many faiths
 Judeo-Christian - addressed to Jews & Christians
 Christian - addressed explicitly to Christians
 Not explicity faith-based - not much religious content

Materials provided
Materials include:
 Leader's guide
 Student book
 Discussion questions
 Class activities - arts & crafts
 Class activities - group participation 
 Reading materials
 Presentation or lecture notes
 Prayer or worship resources

Other supportive materials provided: Video has no supporting material, but a free "Study Guide" is available (see below).
Other materials required:Not required, but two supplemental resources are available from other sources which may be helpful.

Free Video Study Guide:

A PowerPoint of the script is available at this website:

Description of the Leader's Guide:There is no leader guide provided, but a Study Guide can be downloaded at the website below. It contains simple discussion questions and various activities that groups can do:

It would be helpful for the leader to also review a PowerPoint of the script which is available at this website:

Description of the Student's Book:There is no student guide available.

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Adequate - all necessary information is present  
Is the leader's guide comprehensive? Adequate - all necessary information is present  
Are class sessions clearly outlined? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Will it be helpful to have a teacher with above-average expertise in the subject matter? Helpful to have teacher expertise  
Preparation time required by the leader:
Subjectively rated as heavy, medium or light
Leader can prepare by simply watching the video and reflecting on the study guide. 

Content focus
Is this curriculum explicitly focused on environmental awareness or action? Yes, as a primary focus  
Does this curriculum deal with a specific environmental issue or problem? Global warming and the impact of climate change.  
How is the scope of the environmental impact positioned?  Impact on specific human communities
 Impact on humans in general
 Impact on humans and non-human parts of creation
 Impact on non-human parts of creation only  
Does the curriculum address questions of social or economic justice in relation to environmental issues? Yes - as a major theme  
Does the curriculum provide detailed content in a particular academic area?   For example, is there significant content in biology, physics, sociology, economics, etc.?
Biblical & theological content are covered below
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as a major emphasis  
How are the Biblical materials used? Individual texts are presented as meaningful ('proof texts')
Several texts are developed to show a larger biblical theme
Texts are placed in a historical or cultural context
Texts are presented as authoritative
Students are invited to comment/reflect on the meaning or authority of texts
Biblical texts are of equal importance to other scriptures/readings  
The checked statements reflect how ethical guidelines are grounded The Bible tells us how we should live/act
A theological tradition or other authority tells us how we should live/act
We should make decisions about how to live/act based on defined ethical norms
Caring for creation is an assumed norm  
The curriculum views humanity's role in creation as:
The checked lines are clearly affirmed
Domination - God created the Earth for human use; there are no real restrictions on what we can or should do.
Stewardship - "The Earth is the Lord's"" and humans are in a position of managing the creation according to God's will.
Partner - Humans are part of the web of creation, and participate in it as one species among many.
Intruder - Humans are separate from nature, and inherently destructive.
In evaluating changes to "solve" environmental problems, does the curriculum tend toward an approach that is: Confessional - I/we need to change
Confrontational - Some other person, policy or institutions needs to change
Combination - a mix of confessional and confrontational

Content approach
Which of these are a primary target outcome of the curriculum?  Increase awareness or concern about the environment in general
 Increase awareness of concern about a specific environmental issue
 Acquiring factual knowledge about an issue
 Changing or deepening personal beliefs
 Change in self-awareness or self-identity
 Changes in personal behaviors or lifestyle choices
 Influence on institutional (church or other) practices
 Increased political advocacy
 No change, or goal not clear
Range of perspectives offered:   A single perspective is offered
  Compares 2 or more perspectives
  A diversity of perspectives presented

Subjective Reviewer Feedback
In general, would you use this program with your congregation/organization? Why or why not?
I would use this at an Adult Education program, as a way to introduce the topic of global warming, climate change and the link to the Judeo-Christian heritage and our covenant with God.
What specific feedback do you have after reviewing these materials? What did you like? What did you not like?
While the video is dated in 2000, the issues are very relevant, the science presented is appropriate and the actions called for do not seem out of date at all. The images are beautiful and narration is well done, alternating women´s and men´s voices.
What questions did you have after reviewing the materials?
The video leaves open the concrete and personal solutions for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. While this is an open question, it is an effective lead-in to follow on sessions.
What, if any, concerns do you have about the use or implementation of this curriculum?
The video presents the issue and the problem well. I am concerned about lack of solution identification and lack of information about how to talk to one´s own faith community about the issue.
What content, if any, does this program seem to be missing? What would you like this program to cover which it does not?
The reviewer did not answer this question
Have you ever used this program in the past, or heard of others who have used it? What if any response was received?
The reviewer did not answer this question

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