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Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Paperback – September 27, 2011
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The overall question posed to the authors (or pulled out of previously published essays) was "Do we have a moral obligation to take action to protect the future of a planet in peril?"
The essays are then organized thusly:
1. Yes, for the survival of humankind.
2. Yes, for the sake of the children.
3. Yes, for the sake of the Earth itself.
4. Yes, for the sake of all forms of life on the planet.
5. Yes, to honor our duties of gratitude and reciprocity.
6. Yes, for the full expression of human virtue.
7. Yes, because al flourishing is mutual.
8. Yes, for the stewardship of God's creation.
9. Yes, because compassion requires it.
10. Yes, because justice demands it.
11. Yes, because the world is beautiful.
12. Yes, because we love the world.
13. Yes, to honor and celebrate the Earth and Earth systems.
14. Yes, because our moral integrity requires us to do what is right.
Each section ends with a discussion of actions, and each section begins with a summary.
Some of these essays will resonate with you. Others will not. I think it would be difficult to read all of these over a semester (remember... it took me almost 4 years!), but I encourage a reader to read the essays written by authors you respect, read the essays in the sections that speak to you, and skim the rest.
For me, I had never heard of James Garvey, but his essay ("Climate change is a moral problem for you, right now") was powerful. Likewise, author Steve Vanderheiden introduced me to the concept of "liability based in contributory fault."
Important reading for today's world! Also read Pope Francis's Encyclical on Caring for the Earth
as an aid to understanding the world situation as best I can.
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