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Table of Contents
Geography Today and Tomorrow
      1.  Ecology
           •  Two Worldviews
           •  Practical Conservation
           •  Spiritual Perspective
      2.  Careers Related to Geography
      3.  Geography and Current Events
Recommended Resources
 •  Your State Home-School Convention
 •  Creation Illustrated Magazine
 •  Geological Road Guides from Creation Research Society
 •  The Teaching Home Back Issues
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     Christians are sometimes characterized as anti-environment,
possibly because we don't accept the premises or the applications
of some extreme environmentalists.  But nothing could be further
from the truth.
     Knowledge and understanding of Scripture gives Christians
a balanced view of nature that includes its origin, purpose, and
destiny.  We see it as a beautiful, though damaged, gift from God
to man and accept the responsibility to care for it as faithful

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business
operated in our home since 1980.


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5-Part Series: The Geography Connection
Part 1.  Cultural Geography, Newsletter 145
Part 2.  Physical Geography, Newsletter 146
     Part 3.  Teaching Geography, Newsletter 147
     Part 4.  Integrating Geography, Newsletter 153

Part 5
Geography Today and Tomorrow

Ecology: Man and His Environment
     Ecology is the science of the relationships between
organisms and their environments; also called bionomics.
     As with everything, one's worldview greatly affects the way
this science is perceived.  In fact, because ecology deals with
God's creation of the earth and mankind, there is a great
disparity between Christian and non-Christian or
humanist/evolutionist views.

Two Worldviews

Humanist/Evolutionist Worldview
     The evolutionist worldview excludes the Creator along with
His design and plan for the earth and for man.
     Because your children will encounter this worldview
presented as fact in the media and on interpretative signs when
visiting natural sites, you need to teach them to recognize this
false worldview and to evaluate everything they see, hear, or
read according to God's Word.
     Humanist ecology includes the following tenets:

1.  Man is no better than anything else in nature.

2.  The survival of the fittest doesn't really apply today; man
     is responsible to preserve all nature.

     Taken to the extreme, this view puts nature above man (i.e.,
man is the problem).
     "For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator."
Romans 1:25

Creationist Worldview
     By contrast, the Christian view of the world is based on the
truth of God's Word.
     It is important and foundational for us to teach our
children about creation, as well as God's plan for man's
relationship to His creation, directly from the Scriptures.
     After studying the following principles and perhaps
memorizing some of the verses, you might want to continue your
study by looking up more of the many Scriptures related to God's

1.  God created man distinctly different and the highest
     of all His creation.

     "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to
Our likeness." Genesis 1:26
     "For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and
hast crowned him with glory and honor." Psalm 8:5
     "The breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the
beast descends downward to the earth." Ecclesiastes 3:21

2.  God gave His creation to sustain man.
     "God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the
fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every
living thing that moves on the earth.'"  Genesis 1:28
     "Then God said, 'Behold, I have given you every plant
yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every
tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.'"
Genesis 1:29
     "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I
give all to you, as I gave the green plant." Genesis 9:3

3.  God reveals Himself in His creation.
     "For since the creation of the world His [God's] invisible
attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been
clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so
that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
     "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their
expanse is declaring the work of His hands.  Day to day pours
forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge."
Psalms 19:1-2

3.  God intends for man to enjoy His creation.
     "Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree
that is pleasing to the sight and good for food." Genesis 2:9

Teaching Tips:

[_]  Teach your children to appreciate and wonder at God's
creation as you drive, walk, view videos, or look at books.
Notice its beauty, complexity, order, and incredible dimensions,
both large and small.

[_]  Praise and thank God for His creation.
      •  In conversation as you observe His creation.
      •  In prayer as you thank and praise Him.
      •  In song (e.g., "How Great Thou Art," "This Is My Father's World,"
          "Fairest Lord Jesus," and "All Things Bright and Beautiful").

4.  God commissioned man to be a responsible caretaker
of His creation.
     "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden
of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Genesis 2:15
     Leviticus 25:1-12 gives instructions for care of the land.
     Deuteronomy 22:6 gives an example of respect for wildlife.
     The Lord judges those who misuse the land (Isaiah 5:8-10).

5.  God sustains His creation.
     "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold
together." Colossians 1:17
     "For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a
thousand hills." Psalm 50:10

6.  God is interested in the preservation of His creatures.
     "And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two
of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you."
Genesis 6:19

7.  God cares for His creatures.
     "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor
reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds
them.  Are you not worth much more than they?" Matthew 6:26
     Psalm 104 lists many examples of how God continues to supply
the needs of His creatures and sustains His creation.

8.  God wants us to treat His creatures well.
     "A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel." Proverbs 12:10
     "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing."
Deuteronomy 25:4
Christian Worldview Resources for Further Study
 •  "What is man's responsibility to the environment?"
 •  Environmentalism articles from Answers in Genesis
 •  "An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation"
 •  Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
     Integrating knowledge of the Creation with biblical
principles to better understand stewardship of God's Creation.
Campuses in Michigan, Washington, and Florida.  Education,
field trips, resources, and newsletter.
  •  Book.  Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis Schaeffer.


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What We Can Do To Conserve
Protect Our Environment

     Our responsibility to care for creation may appear
overwhelming, but we can begin with our own immediate environment
-- our homes and yards.  Choices we make every day add up to make
an impact.
     Consider, too, that what is good for the environment is good
for our families as well.  Thus we have a double motivation to
study the issues and ask the Lord for guidance in what we can do.   
     As we practice environmental stewardship by protecting and
managing natural resources, we help ensure a healthy environment
for our children and grandchildren.
     The following brief suggestions are offered for your
consideration and further study with your family (see "For More
Information" after each section).

Conserve Our Environment:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Our Resources

1. Reduce
     Reducing our levels of consumption of resources can reduce
the need for such things as nuclear power and allow us to share
resources with others, as well as save money.

Make your home energy efficient.
 •  Ask your utility company for a free home-energy audit.
 •  Caulk windows, insulate your water heater and home.
 •  Replace worn-out appliances with energy-efficient ones.
 •  Choose renewable resources and environmentally friendly
     products such as wood products and locally-grown foods.

Save water.
 •  Put a brick in your toilet tank;  install low-flow showerheads.
 •  Don't run the water while brushing teeth; time your showers.
 •  Let grass go dormant in summer; let it grow to 4" or more to
     shade the roots.

2. Recycle
 •  Recycle cans, aluminum, plastics, newspapers, etc.
 •  Compost kitchen and yard waste. (Composting for Kids)    

3. Reuse
 •  Reuse bags, containers, and other items.
 •  Maintain and repair durable products.
 •  Borrow, rent, or share items used infrequently.
 •  Sell or donate goods, rather than throwing them out.

For More Information
 •  "Tips for Reducing Solid Waste"
 •  "Simple Things You Can Do To Conserve the Environment"

Protect Our Environment:
Keep Our Environment Clean and Safe
     We can prevent pollution, starting in our own homes.
     According to the Evangelical Environmental Network "Indoor
air is normally 5-20 times more polluted than outdoor air due to
the buildup of dust, toxic fumes and residues, and moisture.
Yet children spend approximately 90 percent of their time
indoors, and adults approximately 95 percent.

 •  Do not allow smoking in your home or around your children.
 •  Wash hands frequently: before and after eating, serving food,
    going out, using the bathroom, coughing, etc.
 •  Ventilate fresh air into your house regularly.
 •  Keep your furniture, curtains, floors, and carpets clean;
     eliminate carpeting where possible in favor of wood or tile.
 •  Protect your loved ones and pets from lead.
 •  Buy the least toxic and most durable products.
 •  Keep your house clean and at the proper moisture level.
 •  Do not use mothballs.
 •  Avoid using pesticides indoors and out.
 •  Use biodegradable, nontoxic cleaners or make your own.
 •  Have a pre-1970s home inspected for asbestos.
 •  Test your home for radon gas; install carbon monoxide
 •  Walk, ride a bike, use public transportation, or carpool when
     practical and safe.

For More Information
 • "Healthy Families, Healthy Environment" (Christian)
 •  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 •  Terms of Environment: Glossary, Abbreviations and Acronyms


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Spiritual Perspectives and Priorities
     As we look at God's view of man and his environment, we can
have a clear perspective of both and our responsibility to each.
It is not necessarily a choice between one or the other, but a
matter of eternal priorities.

1.  Creation Is Temporal.
     "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which
the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be
destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be
burned up." 2 Peter 3:10
     "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away." Revelation 21:1

2.  God, His Word, and Man Are Eternal.
     "Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the
earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You
are God." Psalms 90:2
     "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never
pass away." Matthew 24:35
     "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the
righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:46

God's Priorities
     "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the
gospel to all creation.'" Mark 16:15
     "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
the truth."  I Timothy 2:3-4
     The best "conservation" effort we can make is to spread the
good news of the Gospel that Christ died for our sins and rose
again to give eternal life to all who will trust Him.


Careers Related to Geography
     Christians entering a career related to geography can bring
their Christian worldview to the discipline, as well as use their
work for the glory of God and the good of mankind (not just to
save the earth, plants, and animals).

Association of American Geographers
     AAG lists geographic careers in physical, human, and
technical categories.
Career Guide, Geographic Fields, Database of Careers

     One of the careers listed in the human geography category is
Peace Corp.  Missionary work, God's "peace corp," uses skills
related to the broad field of geography.
     Mission Finder's classified directories of Christian mission
opportunities lists thousands of skills that you can use while
spreading the Gospel.
     Geologists and other scientists who work from a creationist
worldview also have opportunities to work with Christian
organizations that promote that worldview.

Geography and Current Events
     The "Where?" in the questions, "Who, What, Where, When, Why,
and How" firmly ties geography to current events.

 •  Referring to your globe and maps will help your family
     understand current events.

 •  Knowing more about the location will add significance.
     See Operation World, CIA's World Factbook, and The Library
     of Congress Country Studies for much information on other


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Sunnyside Up:  Science Is a Bang
     During my first week of teaching science in our home school,
we did a series of carbon dioxide experiments. The experiments
used the reaction of baking soda and vinegar to pop open Ziploc
bags, pop the cork out of a bottle, etc.
     Our 1st grader, Noah, truly enjoyed the addition of science
to our studies. The following week we went on to a tamer series
of experiments. At the end of the school day, Noah told me that
we hadn't had science yet. When I reminded him of the science
activities we did that day, he replied, "But we haven't had an
explosion today!"
     Submitted by Brenda G., Kansas


God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus
Christ died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust
Him as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast." (Ephesians 2:8, 9)


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