"Spaceship Earth" is such an evocative phrase, I think. The notion of the lonely planet journeying through the universe developed with space travel. As the frieze highlights, when the astronauts watched the Earth rise over the Moon, they saw a small, vulnerable planet alone in space.
When your pupils grow up the care of this planet will lie with them. Protecting the Earth will require a large dollop of the values discussed by Gerald Haigh in his article on fostering spirituality in an increasingly materialistic age (page 9). Self-sacrifice and concern for others will have to override selfishness in order to lessen the impact of global warming and other environmental threats.
Diane Hofkins. Editor, TES Primary