Reflection Questions

  1. How would you explain the principle causes of Earth’s natural resources?
  2. How do you assess the impacts on the four main spheres of the Earth due to your country’s economic activities? Do you think that the impacts on one sphere impacts the others?
  3. Could you be inspired by the following phrase: “The material that we have is the only material we can use” to propose actions at your home and school for a better use of natural resources?
  4. Imagine that you are an environmental legislator in your country. If all forms of mining have a negative impact on the environment, what would you do? Would you modify of prohibit parts of this process? How would you decide?
  5. Do you know if any rural communities or private producers practice conservation agriculture of natural resource? What advantages do you find them compared to Green Revolution farming systems? (See food chapter for more information on the Green Revolution).
  6. What positive policies and actions does your region have for managing natural resource preservation areas? What are the main threats to these areas and how could they be prevented? Is there improper handling that is so significant that it could be part of the ‘tragedy of the commons’?
  7. What ethical arguments do you find helpful to stimulate positive conservation and preservation practices to engage people and companies who have negative environmental impact practices?
  8. How does your worldview influence your ideas and actions? How does your worldview relate to the meaning you give to the Earth’s resources?
  9. Find an example from the arts in which the sacredness of nature is expressed and organize a conversation that helps you make a synthesis of the chapter. You can also consider writing a script on this subject to be staged.


  1. Go to Global Forest Watch and see the real-time deforestation and forest fire conditions around the world. Click on “get involved” and see ideas for developing your own app, submitting a story, or sharing data.
  2. What natural resources are essential for your physical survival? Where do you personally acquire these resources? Select one of the resources you thought of and imagine that it is no longer available where you normally acquire it:
    • Would it be easy for you to acquire it somewhere else?
    • What would you need to acquire it? Help from another person? Transportation? Money?
    • After thinking about this, do you feel secure about the future availability of the natural resources you need for survival?
  3. Go back to the discussion of Sr. Dorothy Stang in the Ethics Section of this chapter. What does her life and death mean to you?