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

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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 wro
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Counterpoint
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Mark Valentine
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't fault me if the following seems confusing because it wasn't so when I was reading Moore. I found her book to be a healthy mix of Thoreau's Walden, Jensen's Endgame, Sandel's Justice, Snyder's poetry, Macy's World as Love, World as Self, Klein's This Changes Everything, McKibbon's Eaarth, even Abbey's Black Sun.

This is a psychological preparedness manual, an emotional life-support for the end of the world, and a moral spare tire kit on how to fix yourself before you move on to helping the
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic, thought-provoking book about the climate emergency through the lens of moral ethics. Moore is a philosopher and teacher and she covers grief, despair, hope, action, the capitulation that is the call to adapt to climate change, the false logic of consequentialism, what climate change deniers are really saying, and what is going on with people who say they are worried about climate change but do nothing. This should be required reading.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important, most necessary, most honest,most tender books I have read about climate change.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Expanding on the theme of "Moral Ground," the 2011 book she co-edited with Michael Nelson about humanity’s moral responsibility to avert a climate catastrophe, "Great Tide Rising" is more deeply personal and harder hitting. Kathleen Dean Moore is angry and fed up with the excuses for not doing anything. It can be difficult reading, leaving the reader to alternately despair, become angry, and finally, maybe, to feel empowered. “One way to turn away from despair,” she writes, “is to be present to ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This superb book makes clear our responsibilities: can we continue as we have been doing for the last 500 years, or have we reached a point of no return? It is quite clear, unless you have been living in a cave, that we are in serious trouble as a species. And yet, very few people are willing to convince others of the seriousness of our predicament. Ms. Moore is up to the task in this achingly beautiful book.
Jeri Rowe
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pleasure-read
I found out this book from a friend of mine, a former Presbyterian minister and goat farmer who is steering a climate change committee at the church I attend. When I asked for the best book he's read on climate change, he recommended this book from Kathleen Dean Moore. After reading it, I realized that I may read this book once a year. It's clear-eyed and poetic in its delivery, full of statistics and information that will close your throat. Yeah, on our Planet Earth, we are in not good shape.

Ann Douglas
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book by a dear friend. (Thanks again, Andrea.) The book is beautifully written and a powerful call to action for anyone who professes to care about the planet or its inhabitants, both human and non-human. "What do you care about too much to lose? The answer to that question is your reason for acting," Kathleen Dean Moore explains. And to those who ask, "What can one person do?" she issues this powerful reply: "Stop being one person." In other words, ...more
Valorie Hallinan
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable and courageous book that should be required reading for every American citizen - a book for our age. Loaded with wisdom and moral clarity, with quotes from our greatest environmental leaders, such as Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, and others. More on my blog, Books Can Save a Life: ...more
Laura Luzzi
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Awareness. Commitment to our earth in any small way we can. It will add up. Don't close your eyes - the earth is in crisis. This is scary stuff. Take notice and care. This book is spreading awareness of our responsibility to save our home in any way we can - together. ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The last section, on action, was great. The rest was just okay. Moore is a moral philosopher and nature writer. I've liked her past books, and I liked the sections of this one that stuck to those categories. Sadly, I felt that she failed to adapt her writing style and the structure of her arguments to the more political and economic sections of this book, and the results were arguments that felt unsupported and unstructured (still prefer this to Naomi Klein Though). This is most apparent in her ...more
Joan Connell
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our beautiful planet is in such distress and there is so much to feel bad about. "Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change," is food for the soul.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher and nature writer who speaks in an accessible, deeply human voice. Her narrative navigates the rising tide of outrage against the ongoing human destruction of our planetand offers a way out: a stirring affirmation of our collective moral responsibility to a future in which
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
What is the biggest problem facing us in the 21st century?
Who is responsible?
What can we do?

These are the primary themes in this powerful book. Our collective refusal to even look to a future of unchecked climate damage is truly the biggest problem.

Overall, I enjoyed the logic and morality discussions and her writing about the natural world is evocative and filled with love. But for all of its emotional honesty, I felt like she danced around the issue of denial even among the believers. There w
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
“We stand on ground that trembles with tectonic movement.” We stand on ground that trembles with many types of movements. This book functions as an expansion from KDM on Moral Ground. I struggled to get into it at first because I already feel all in. I’m sold. I’m glad I came back to it though, because the real gems, to me, were found in the second half. Many poignant points presented in many ways. I focused more on some chapters than others and sometimes the different forms of writing caused my ...more
richard robinson
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for everyone. If you accept climate change, why we must act: if you don't, to understand what those who do are grappling with.

Ms. Moore has written the most comprehensive words on how to live in a world where things are changing in ways humanity has never experienced. The need to act, individually and in concert with others. Why climate scientists must act in order to demonstrate the depth of feeling and belief in the words they are using to describe our situation. The seriousness of
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A welcome book in these dark times. Faces the everywhere-apparent losses we humans are wreaking and points toward what we are called to do, and why we must each of us do what we can. Written by a philosopher and a nature writer. This book feels to me like an ally. What I think about but don’t talk about with friends, Moore talks about. It’s good to have someone alongside me as I try to navigate the huge issues and the what and how of being called to action in support of Life.
Josephine Ensign
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
The parts of this book that worked for me were the interspersed sections of philosophy as applied to climate change, as well as some of her personal reflections based on her experience as a mother/grandmother/teacher. But there were way too many overly-strident and off-putting polemics against--well, most everything and everybody she sees as responsible for climate change. I was hoping for a more balanced and nuanced discussion of the ethical issues involved with climate change.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
PREACHY. I happen to agree with her conclusions, but c'mon Kathleen. This relentless sappy call to arms is an exercise in confirmation bias. It is a catastrophic problem that 1/2 the Republican party does not think climate change is manmade. This book builds walls vs. bridges to helping those who will not see. I wanted to like it, but I could not get past the woodsy Oregon shamanism. ...more
Diane  Moser
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, Kathleen Dean Moore is a wonderful lyrical writer. My favorite parts were her refernces to music, and especially the importance of artists getting involved with the climate change movement. The book was uplifting, and in parts very sad, but mostly a continuous thread of hope, challenging all of us to speak out.
Doranne Long
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of Kathleen Dean Moore's books are exceptional. I've been reading her words every since my dad shared her book Holdfast. As a philosophy professor at Oregon State University, she shares the wonders of nature and the nature of man. She is challenging us to restore nature in this world, rather than to destroy our only world. ...more
Couldn't get into it much. Will read again later. The parts that resonated were few and far between. I need to give it another chance, but I found Braiding Sweetgrass far more eloquent and persuasive. The strident tone is understandable. It just hasn't started to work yet after 50+ years of confrontation. ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Brimming with argument that is painful, desperate, and ultimately hopeful. KDM is a brilliant mind. She makes a solid case for moving from despair to an active grief that has the potential to tip us in a better direction. But we must do the work. We must begin (and/or continue) to disrupt major corporate systems. Highly recommended.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Books about climate change, environmental justice, and the importance of looking to the future and protecting our planet are usually my jam, but I didn't dig this author's writing style nor all the religious stuff. ...more
Dave Atcheson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The philosophy of dealing with climate change, to try and remain hopeful and, most importantly, to act. This is an important book, one that I had to read very slowly in order to take it all in, and one I will be reading again.
Felice Kelly
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Occasionally meandering, but I am so glad I read this book. I don't know how else to say this-- the solidarity and courage I received from so many chapters will bring me back again. ...more
Jaci Mach
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read....I saved so many references and quotes. This book will stay with me.
Unable to finish, as this was a 1-week loan from an online library....I am purchasing the book so I can highlight and make notes in it...
John P. Davidson
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A level headed approach to how we can save the planet and why we must do so. I can highly recommend this.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I don't agree with all her arguments on why we should protect the environment, I do think we should protect it. I think she makes some interesting points and arguments. ...more
Andrea McDowell
Take Annie Dillard, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, and Jan Zwicky and put them together into one moral philosophical polemic about the climate crisis and our unfolding mass extinction event, and you have Great Tide Rising: her prose is beautiful, her convictions are clear, her analysis of the situation and its solutions is pointed and accurate. I cried, and underlined/dog-eared half the book.

The only complaint I have is with her section on adaptation. She's right when she argues that we need to fo
Sarah Boon
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Moore makes some excellent points here from the perspective of an environmental philosopher. She leaves the reader with a lot to think about regarding our place and role in nature.
However, she avoided two key environmental issues, and I think it's because she would have to explain her own actions in regards to these issues.
1. She says nothing about the perils of increasing population. I suspect this is because she has kids, and grandkids, and if you use them as a reason for protecting the planet
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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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