Monday, November 14, 2011

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Numerous contributors, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu. Trinity University Press, 2010. 464pp., 9,2x6,4". Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Moral Ground' brings together the testimony of over eighty visionaries - theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists, and writers - to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility 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 center piece 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.

Contributors from throughout the world (including North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe) bring forth a rich variety of heritages and perspectives. Their contributions take many forms, illustrating the rich variety of ways we express our moral beliefs in letters, poems, economic analyses, proclamations, essays, and stories.

In the end, their voices affirm why we must move beyond a scientific study and response to embrace an ongoing model of repair and sustainability. These writings demonstrate that scientific analysis and moral conviction can work successfully side-by-side."

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