Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

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Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over 80 visionaries — theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturists, activists, and writers — to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibilities to our planet. In the face of environmental degradation and global climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not tell us what we ought to do. The missing premise of the argument and much-needed centerpiece in the debate ...
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Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over 80 visionaries — theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturists, activists, and writers — to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibilities to our planet. In the face of environmental degradation and global climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not tell us what we ought to do. The missing premise of the argument and much-needed centerpiece in the debate to date has been the need for ethical values, moral guidance, and principled reasons for doing the right thing for our planet, its animals, its plants, and its people. This book encourages a newly discovered, or rediscovered, commitment to consensus about our ethical obligation to the future and why it’s wrong to wreck the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595340856
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 524
  • Sales rank: 278,869
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Kathleen Dean Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is the author or editor of many books including Wild Comfort, The Pine Island Paradox, Rachel Carson, Holdfast, Riverwalking, and countless journal and magazine articles. She serves on the board of directors for Orion Society and Island Institute. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

Michael P. Nelson is Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics at Lyman Briigs College at Michigan State University. He is author or editor of several books including The Wilderness Debate Rages On and The Great New Wilderness Debate. He lives in Bell Oak, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction Desmond Tutu Tutu, Desmond

Do we have a moral obligation to take action to protect the future of a planet in peril? Desmond Tutu Tutu, Desmond

1 Yes, for the survival of humankind. Desmond Tutu Tutu, Desmond 1

The Limits of Growth James Gustave Speth Speth, James Gustave 3

The Danger of Human Exceptionalism Daniel Quinn Quinn, Daniel 9

A Question of Our Own Survival The Dalai Lama 15

The Fate of Creation Is the Fate of Humanity E.O. Wilson Wilson, E. O. 21

The Inuit Right to Culture Based on Ice and Snow Sheila Watt-Cloutier Watt-Cloutier, Sheila 25

The Future I Want for My Daughters Barack Obama Obama, Barack 30

Obligation to Posterity? Alan Weisman Weisman, Alan 32

Ethical Action Alan Weisman Weisman, Alan 38

2 Yes, for the sake of the children. Alan Weisman Weisman, Alan 40

Keepers of Life Oren Lyons Lyons, Oren 42

We Bear You in Mind Scott Russell Sanders Sanders, Scott Russell 45

Far the Children Gary Snyder Snyder, Gary 50

Steering the Earth Toward Our Children's Future Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I I, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 51

A Letter to My Boys Hylton Murray-Philipson Murray-Philipson, Hylton 55

You Choose Derrick Jensen Jensen, Derrick 60

Ethical Action Derrick Jensen Jensen, Derrick 65

3 Yes, for the sake of the Earth itself. Derrick Jensen Jensen, Derrick 67

Sky Brian Turner Turner, Brian 69

A Hinge Point of History Holmes Rolston III Rolston, Holmes, III 70

The Planet Is Shouting but Nobody Listens F. Stuart Chapin III Chapin, F. Stuart, III 75

The Bells of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh Hanh, Thich Nhat 79

Restoration and Redemption Robin Morris Collin Collin, Robin Morris 82

A Copernican Revolution in Ethics Kate Rawles Rawles, Kate 88

Ethical Action Kate Rawles Rawles, Kate 96

4 Yes, for the sake of all forms of life on the planet Kate Rawles Rawles, Kate 98

Wild Things for Their Own Sakes Dave Foreman Foreman, Dave 100

Spray Glue Goes. Maggots Stay. Carly Lettero Lettero, Carly 103

Ornithophilia Shepard Krech III Krech, Shepard, III 108

Heirloom Chile Peppers and Climate Change Gary Paul Nabhan Nabhan, Gary Paul 115

Imagining Darwin's Ethics David Quammen Quammen, David 119

Evening Falls on the Maladaptive Ape Robert Michael Pyle Pyle, Robert Michael 123

Ethical Action Robert Michael Pyle Pyle, Robert Michael 129

5 Yes, to honor our duties of gratitude and reciprocity. Robert Michael Pyle Pyle, Robert Michael 131

To Commit a Crime Against the Natural World Is a Sin Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I I, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 133

Sacred Ancestors, Sacred Homes Nirmal Selvamony Selvamony, Nirmal 137

The Giveaway Robin W. Kimmerer Kimmerer, Robin W. 141

From the Mountain, a Covenant Courtney S. Campbell Campbell, Courtney S. 146

So the Future Can Come Forth from the Ground Deborah Bird Rose Rose, Deborah Bird 154

A Conference in Time Ursula K. Le Guin Le Guin, Ursula K. 158

Ethical Action Ursula K. Le Guin Le Guin, Ursula K. 163

6 Yes, for the full expression of human virtue. Ursula K. Le Guin Le Guin, Ursula K. 165

A Newt Note Brian Doyle Doyle, Brian 167

Worship the Earth John Perry Perry, John 169

Something Braver Than Trying to Save the World Bill McKibben McKibben, Bill 174

Peace and Sustainability Depend on the Spiritual and the Feminine Massoumeh Ebtekar Ebtekar, Massoumeh 178

A Life Worth Living Dale Jamieson Jamieson, Dale 183

Who We Really Are Thomas L. Friedman Friedman, Thomas L. 189

Ethical Action Thomas L. Friedman Friedman, Thomas L. 192

7 Yes, because all flourishing is mutual. Thomas L. Friedman Friedman, Thomas L. 194

An American Indian Cultural Universe George Tinker Tinker, George 196

No Separation Between Present and Future Fred W. Allendorf Allendorf, Fred W. 202

A Transformational Ecology Jonathan F.P. Rose Rose, Jonathan F. P. 207

Why Should I Inconvenience Myself? Mary Catherine Bateson Bateson, Mary Catherine 211

Kawagley Extra! Extra! New Consciousness Needed Angayuqaq Oscar Oscar, Angayuqaq 217

Just a Few More Yards Edwin P. Pister Pister, Edwin P. 220

Why Sacrifice for Future Generations? Kimberly A. Wade-Benzoni Wade-Benzoni, Kimberly A. 225

Hope and the New Energy Economy Jesse M. Fink Fink, Jesse M. 230

Ethical Action Jesse M. Fink Fink, Jesse M. 239

8 Yes, for the stewardship of God's creation. Jesse M. Fink Fink, Jesse M. 241

A Manifesto to North American Middle-Class Christians Sallie McFague McFague, Sallie 243

God's Passion in the Bible: The World Marcus J. Borg Borg, Marcus J. 250

Our Obligation to Tomorrow Seyyed Hossein Nasr Nasr, Seyyed Hossein 254

The Biblical Mandate for Creation Care Tri Robinson Robinson, Tri 260

Will Religions Guide Us on Our Dangerous Journey? Martin S. Kaplan Kaplan, Martin S. 263

Ethical Action Martin S. Kaplan Kaplan, Martin S. 267

9 Yes, because compassion requires it. Martin S. Kaplan Kaplan, Martin S. 268

Winter Wheat Libby Roderick Roderick, Libby 269

We Are Called to Help the Earth to Heal Wangari Maathai Maathai, Wangari 271

An Invisible Killer Xin Wei Xin, Wei 275

Climate Change Is a Moral Problem for You, Right Now James Garvey Garvey, James 279

From Engagement to Emancipation Sulak Sivaraksa Sivaraksa, Sulak 283

The Architecture of Language, Parts 9 and 10 Quincy Troupe Troupe, Quincy 286

Ethical Action Quincy Troupe Troupe, Quincy 290

10 Yes, because justice demands it. Quincy Troupe Troupe, Quincy 292

Ethics as if Tomorrow Mattered Carl Pope Pope, Carl 294

Sustainability as a Founding Principle of the United States Michael M. Crow Crow, Michael M. 301

Climate Change and Intergenerational Responsibility Steve Vanderheiden Vanderheiden, Steve 306

Still an American Dilemma Lauret Savoy Savoy, Lauret 312

There Is a Tide Ismail Serageldin Serageldin, Ismail 317

A Fair Deal Peter Singer Singer, Peter 321

The Moral Climate Carl Safina Safina, Carl 324

Ethical Action Carl Safina Safina, Carl 327

11 Yes, because the world is beautiful. Carl Safina Safina, Carl 329

Our Edens: Ecological Homes Bernd Heinrich Heinrich, Bernd 331

Wolves, Ravens, and a New Purpose for Science John A. Vucetich Vucetich, John A. 337

Get Dirty, Get Dizzy Hank Lentfer Lentfer, Hank 343

Deming The Feasting Alison Hawthorne Hawthorne, Alison 347

Ethical Action Alison Hawthorne Hawthorne, Alison 352

12 Yes, because we love the world. Alison Hawthorne Hawthorne, Alison 354

Changing Ethics for a Changing World J. Baird Callicott Callicott, J. Baird 356

Touching the Earth bell hooks hooks, bell 363

Love, Grief, and Climate Change Katie McShane McShane, Katie 369

For the Love and Beauty of Nature Stephen R. Kellert Kellert, Stephen R. 373

Earth Religion and Radical Religious Reformation Bron Taylor Taylor, Bron 379

A Promise Made in Love, Awe, and Fear Wendell Berry Berry, Wendell 387

The Call to Forgiveness at the End of the Day Kathleen Dean Moore Moore, Kathleen Dean 390

Ethical Action Kathleen Dean Moore Moore, Kathleen Dean 394

13 Yes, to honor and celebrate the Earth and Earth systems. Kathleen Dean Moore Moore, Kathleen Dean 395

The Great Work Thomas Berry Berry, Thomas 396

An Ethic of the Earth N. Scott Momaday Momaday, N. Scott 400

Spring's Hopes Eternal Curt Meine Meine, Curt 403

Dawn for All Time Linda Hogan Hogan, Linda 407

The Universe Story and Planetary Civilization Brian Swimme Swimme, Brian 410

Ethical Action Brian Swimme Swimme, Brian 417

14 Yes, because our moral integrity requires us to do what is right. Brian Swimme Swimme, Brian 419

Moral Responsibility Is the Price of Progress Ernest Partridge Partridge, Ernest 421

Climate Change: What Is Required of Us? Terry Tempest Williams Williams, Terry Tempest 429

Being Cool in the Face of Global Warming David James Duncan Duncan, David James 434

Everything Must Go Paul B. Thompson Thompson, Paul B. 440

The No-Man's-Land of Ethics Joerg Chet Tremmel Tremmel, Joerg Chet 444

The Advocacy Responsibility of the Scientist Jose Galizia Tundisi Tundisi, Jose Galizia 448

How to Be Hopeful Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver, Barbara 452

To a Future Without Hope Michael P. Nelson Nelson, Michael P. 458

The Most Amazing Challenge Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 463

Ethical Action Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 469

Acknowledgments Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 471

Credits Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 473

List of Contributors Paul Hawken Hawken, Paul 475

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