Classes and Resources
Taught by Hannah Shultz, Program Associate and Joanna Kobylivker, Community Organizer. This workshop, designed specifically for youth, provides an introduction to the topics of creation care and climate change while exploring ways that young leaders can raise their voices for change. Youth will view environmental stewardship and justice through the lens of their faith tradition and will gain practical skills in addressing pressing climate issues. This class will highlight ways for youth to get involved at a congregational, community, and policy level.
Ideas for Engaging Youth and Children
- Invite one or two youth in your congregation to join your Green Team
- Make “Creation Care” the theme of VBS or other summer programs for kids/youth
- Plan a Faith-Based Outing with GIPL and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Land-based clean-ups and outings on the floating classroom are a great way to engage children and youth in hands-on activities and service for the earth!
- Involve youth in planning an Earth-themed worship service
- Encourage youth to get service hours by volunteering with an environmentally-based organization
- Plan a hike with GIPL staff to help youth understanding the connection between spirituality, the natural world, and environmental stewardship
Books for Children and Youth
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World, Jen Cullerton Johnson
This book tells the story of the famous Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathi.
My Friend Earth, Patricia MacLachlan
This book celebrates everything Earth does for us and reminds us to be a good friend in return.
What is a River?, Monika Vaicenaviciene
“What is a river?” The answer to this question will get children thinking and talking about the natural world in new ways. After reading this book, you can invite students to write their own “What is…” story.
City Green, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
This is a book about a girl’s efforts to plant a garden in her urban community.
Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, Tomie dePaola
This book sings thanks and praise for everything in the land.
Sammy Spider’s First Tu B’Shevat, Sylvia A. Rouss
This book tells the story of a spider who joins in the Jewish festival of trees.
When God Made the World, Matthew Paul Turner
This story focuses on the complex way that God created our vast universe, including the biodiversity of life and the intricacies of our solar system.
One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet, Anuradha Rao
This book for teenagers contains 12 short biographies of environmental activists around the world. It hopes to inspire the next generation of activists.
Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use it, Jamie Margolin
In this book, Jamie Margolin, one of the country’s most engaging youth activists and cofounder of Zero Hour, shares her advice, experience, and expertise on being a young climate leader.
Curriculum Guides and Activities
Wild Faith: A Creation Care Curriculum for Youth, Cynthia Coe
This curriculum guide introduces creation care to older children and youth. This resource includes six modules of materials for teaching environmental stewardship and tips for creation care.
I Love God’s Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God’s Creation, Michael Carroll
This book contains a mix of scripture, facts, and suggestions for what children can do to help planet Earth.