SRSP 11-16 Topic 5 U1e – Terraforming
Terraforming means making other planets more like Earth, so that human beings can live there. Mars is presently under consideration for terraforming.
This topic examines some of the ethical and spiritual issues surrounding the technological challenge of turning the ‘Red Planet’ into another blue-green planet like the Earth.
Students will consider ways in which humans extend values to living and non-living entities. They will also explore the notion of human responsibility and stewardship in the context of the Genesis creation narrative. Terraforming provides an interesting lens through which to look at environmental issues.
Pupils will examine differing points of view and be encouraged to form reasoned personal opinions. They will be given opportunities to develop their spiritual awareness.
This unit consists of 4 lessons aged from 11 to 14 years and 4 lessons aged from 14 to 16 years.
- What is terraforming?
- If it becomes scientifically possible should it be done?
- Do we (humanity) have any responsibility for the universe beyond our planet?
- How ‘alive’ does something need to be to have rights? Can rocks have rights?
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