Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change

Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change

by Kathleen Dean Moore


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Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.

Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time – What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619029064
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 549,595
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author of numerous award winning environmental books. She was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature writing award for Holdfast: A Home in the Natural World. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. As Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, she taught critical thinking and environmental ethics, and co-founded the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She blogs regularly at She lives in Corvallis, OR.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Navigate Amid Loss 1

Preface: At Low Tide, Watching the World Go Away 5

Part I It's wrong to wreck the world

The Power of Moral Affirmation 17

Why It's Wrong to Wreck the World 21

Thirteen Good Reasons to Save the World 23

Because the World Is Wonderful 31

Wonder, Bread 31

Because We Love the Children 41

Every Parent's Prayer 45

The Angel and the Duck 47

Because We Honor Human Rights and justice 53

Part II A call to care

A Love Story 65

At the East Fork Cabin, All Is Well 71

On Joyous Attention 75

Bear Sign 75

The Art of Watching 87

An Old Worldview, a New Worldview 93

An Ethic of the Earth 107

The Blue River Declaration 109

An Ethic of the Cosmos 117

One Night, of Three Hundred Sixty-Five 118

Ethics and Extinction 127

An Oath for the Wild Things 135

The Frogs (Motet for Forty Voices) 142

The Rights of Nature 151

Pachamama's Anger 151

Part III A call to witness

Breaking the Silence 169

The Sandusky Syndrome 171

The Duties of the Moon 175

Invincible Ignorance 181

The Logic of Denial 184

False Promises and Dead Ends 189

Adaptation 190

Scapegoating 203

Resilience 212

Despair 218

New Beauty in the Rushing Changes 223

The Work of Democracy 229

A Posthumous Interview with Edward Abbey 233

The "Work of Science 243

The Work of Nature Writers 255

Form Letter 400: Divesting from Fossil Fuels 262

It's a Bad Day for Rex Tillerson 265

And Why You Must 266

The Work of Wilderness 269

In the Burnt Rubble of the Geography of Hope 269

Part IV A call to act

Really Hard Questions 279

We Have Met the Enemy, and Is He Us? 281

What Can One Person Do? 291

The Rules of Rivers 295

Conscientious Refusal: A Stone in the River Slows the Flow 298

Creative Disruption: A Stone in the River Changes the Flow 301

Courageous, Relentless Citizenship: A Stone in a River Is One of Many 305

After Hope, the Roar of the Lion, the Great Rising Wave 311

Afterword: Ring the Angelus 321

Notes 327

Acknowledgments 339

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