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We're all in this together!

To highlight the interconnectedness of everyone in the world and to show that we can make a difference.

by Helen Redfern

Suitable for Key Stage 3

Aims

To highlight the interconnectedness of everyone in the world and to show that we can make a difference.

Preparation and materials

Assembly

  1. When you see pictures of starving children in refugee camps, child soldiers with guns in their hands instead of toys, or families sorting through rubbish on landfill sites looking for their next meal, I wonder what you think?

    What can I do about it?
    Nothing I can do will make any difference.
    What’s it got to do with me?

    (Pause)

    The world is getting smaller. Not physically smaller – it is not actually shrinking to this size! (hold up the globe). But through television reports and newspapers, the internet and cheap flights, we know more, we see more, we are more involved.

    Whether we like it or not, what we do does make a difference.
  2. Invite 12 children to stand in a circle at the front. As you say each statement, give each end of a piece of ribbon to children on opposite sides of the circle, thus creating a web effect.
  3. By buying Fairtrade chocolate, you can help parents in Ghana send their children to school. The Fairtrade farmers’ co-operative Kuapa Kokoo doesn't cheat the farmers by using inaccurate weighing scales, as other buying agents often do. The co-operative invests in projects to improve the farmers' living, health and education standards.

    By wearing organic cotton, you can reduce the environmental impact and severe health problems associated with conventional cotton farming. Conventional cotton grown in China has over 20 applications of insecticide each season. These contain potentially carcinogenic substances which are banned in the US and the EU and which are damaging to the young children who harvest the cotton, to the water supply and to the environment.

    By using low-energy light bulbs, you can play your part in slowing down climate change, which is responsible for the devastation of homes and lives in South Africa by severe flooding. Climate change is happening right now and it's the world's poorest people who are paying the price.

    By reusing plastic bags, you can reduce the huge numbers littering our planet. British shops hand out a staggering 13 billion every year. About a million a minute are used worldwide – and then they're thrown away. But they do not biodegrade, so they do not disintegrate with time. They represent a lethal threat to wildlife, in particular in the oceans.

    By drinking Fairtrade orange juice, you can improve the quality of life in Cuba for people like Esperanza. She says: ‘It has been great to change from a mud floor to a cement one. Now I can have furniture and it’s so easy to clean. Also, the roof is very important, as nothing gets wet when it rains now. I am very grateful to Fairtrade for making this possible.’

    By eating responsibly caught fish, you can help to guarantee that there will always be plenty of fish in the sea. Because our oceans are being seriously overfished, some fish supplies may disappear altogether, unless action is taken. Overfishing is damaging fishing industries and marine environments all around the world.
  4. By playing your part, you can make a difference to how the world works. (Throw the inflatable globe onto the web and let the children balance it on the interwoven ribbons.)

Time for reflection

(It would be a good visual aid to keep the globe balanced on the web during the Reflection, but if this would cause too much of a distraction, then the children could sit down at this point and you could hold the globe.)

We’re all in this together.

Every person, animal, bird, fish, tree, plant…

Each a part of this amazing world in which we all live.

Or in the words of Gabriella from High School Musical:

(Play/sing the opening verse of ‘We’re all in this together’ from High School Musical.)

We’re all in this together.

Music

'God loves you, and I love you’

‘He’s got the whole wide world in his hands’

‘We’re all in this together’ (High School Musical)

Publication date: January 2008   (Vol.10 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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