Abstract

This article explores the role of religious educators in developing young people as ecologically responsive citizens. Underpinning this role is an appreciation that creation is a gift from God, that one must act as a responsible steward of creation, and that the world’s resources are to be used ethically. The article initially presents a Catholic approach to environmental concerns with particular reference to the statements of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. It then draws on statements from the publication Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church that relate to the protection of the environment. These statements provide a rich source of understanding for religious educators. The article subsequently describes ways the publication On Holy Ground can assist religious educators in designing an ecological framework within Catholic education. This description is followed by an outline of the vital role religious educators have in fostering a balanced and informed ecological approach with their students.

Keywords

Peer-reviewed, Religious Educators, Ecological Education, Stewardship, God’s Creation