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Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

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From the Publisher 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 responsibility to our planet. In the face of environmental degradation and global ...more
Paperback, 524 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Trinity University Press,U.S. (first published August 31st 2010)
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Shawn
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When the climate-changing impact of our daily activities is brought to our attention, we often sink into denial or depression. Most of us do not see ourselves as living luxuriously. We feel we are only doing what we must in order to get by. It is difficult for us to imagine how we would live without driving, heating our homes in the conventional way, and eating our normal diets. Not everyone has a subway that they can take to get to work, not everyone can afford to pay more for 'green energy' f ...more
Sarah-Mae
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book of 80+ essays on the moral and ethical issues surrounding climate change—its impacts on humanity as well as the environment—changed the way I interpret climate change to my audiences. The pieces are authored by people from various backgrounds: from the Dalai Lama to E.O. Wilson, from Bill McKibben to Tri Robinson. The essays helped me realize that it is not so much about explaining the science behind what is happening, but sharing stories about people and traditions being forced to cha ...more
Christian
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a book review I wrote for the Cascadia Weekly in March 2010:

Because of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels, we are warming our planet beneath a cloak of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

Here in Washington State, rising temperatures and a warmer climate are causing our glaciers to melt faster than they can replenish themselves. This is leading us towards a future with less fresh water for agriculture and drinking and less resources for inexpensive hydroelectric generation. Over 40 of our
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Susy
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has such a marvelous collection of essays that really caused me to stop and consider the climate challenge that lies ahead of all of us. Some essays were easier to read and relate to; others a bit more academic and distant. But each called me to consideration of my current lifestyle, questioned my current priorities and actions, and allowed me to choose a better path to travel for myself and the Earth.

I recommend reading this book in a book club setting because the discussion really ad
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Cathy Hartle
Convincingly makes the case for each if us to make changes in our lives and communities regarding the destruction we have wrought on our beautiful planet. A compilation from many excellent and diverse writers responding to the question of whether or not we have a moral imperative to do so. Great for a study group!
Liz
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moore, Kingsolver and Williams in one volume. How is that not to like? I'd call this an amazing book and might even break my why-buy-books-when-there-are-libraries rule and buy it.
Miles
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are living through the most overpopulated, wasteful, and polluted moment in human history. In response to the increasing data and alarm regarding the problem of climate change, many people have begun searching for philosophical and practical frameworks to illuminate how we can reduce our participation in environmental destruction and start healing Earth’s depleted ecosystems. Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril is a collection of essays offering a wide range of thoughts and emo ...more
Sara
Powerful collection of essays on the moral imperative to care for our planet in the face of climate change - best in bite size pieces I think as there are a lot of essays and great thoughts collected here!

I'm wondering if this wouldn't make a good daily devotional reader sort of project.
Russ Mckell
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
we're in peril

dozens of essays that say the same thing. BUT each one is individual enough to touch someone's heart. not great for reading straight through but AMAZING for getting individual perspectives.
Anthony Spahr
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ethical considerations regarding climate change

This book provides an excellent and diverse compilation of essays dealing with the ethical considerations of climate change and the moral responsibility all of us have to take immediate action before it is too late.
Kath Scott
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of these essays are worth reading, a few are unforgettable .
Mike
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really an anthology of short writings from many different authors on the issue of Environment Ethics and Climate Change. Many of the selections were important to the conversation on this subject. My biggest complaint is that I found editors less than fully helpful in synthesizing the selections into a coherent ethical theory.
Cailin
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this is a book that will leave me processing for a while. Some contributions were not up my alley, but those that were offered a great number of passages to ponder and new authors to read. As I am working through trying to clearly define my own philosophy on ethics in relation to our planet, I was left with a lot of interesting material to piece together. Highly recommended.
Kay
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to finish this one. It is SO long. It needed to be maybe half that long. Plus, I don't think the question should be "Do we have a moral obligation to take action to protect the future of a planet in peril?" as is so often repeated in this book. The question should be: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Bill Sleeman

This is a wonderful, thought-provoking collection of essays. A ‘must read’ for anyone who cares about our world, our future and how we are called on/challenged to care for the world that God has blessed us with.
Jenna
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful read, and so necessary.
Dick
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent
Gina
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
incredible collection of essays
Jack
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the same ideas and topics were repeated. Too long and diverse to have a profound impact. Nice to have such wide varying ideas on a related topic that I care so much about however
Jennifer Louden
short heart breaking fantastic essays exploring how and if we have an ethical responsibility to save the earth
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Environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore writes about moral, spiritual, and cultural relationships to the natural world. In 2000 she founded the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State, which brings together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophy, and the emotive power of the written word to re-imagine humankind’s relation to the natural world. In addition ...more

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