Christina Larson at the Washington Monthly has an article that contains one of the best potted histories of American environmental movements (yes, plural) that I've seen lately. (She also explains why some of us reject the label environmentalist.) She traces the contribution of hunters, anglers, and foresters on the first wave of American environmental policies, … Continue reading The Emerging Environmental Majority
You are over 600 times more likely to die in an automobile fatality in ANY make of car than you are to die from Toyota's flawed acceleration system. Getting in a car is inherently dangerous because of the way we build our cities.
So, you may be asking yourself, what does reduced calcification in modern Southern Ocean planktonic foraminifera have to with social justice? Oceans are getting more acidic, not due to global warming, but due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. That's a problem for shell-forming organisms at the base of the ocean food chain.
Loving nature, it turns out, is not just an instinct but a virtue. We must actively create, and re-create, every generation, a culture that loves, and therefore tends and keeps, God's garden.
"We are raising a generation of young people whose primary experience with nature is virtual. Real nature is a full sensory experience, with frequent open-ended problem-solving opportunities and no off switch. We should all make outdoor play a priority for our children and ourselves."
Martin Marty's piece on evangelicals and creation care is a combination of head-patting approval, finger-wagging for being tardy, tut-tutting about our evangelical hang-ups, and instrumental use of our creation care efforts to goad mainliners into action. Nothing lights a fire under Episcopalians and Unitarians on social issues like saying "Look, even the evangelicals are on board with this issue!"
"Living on the Streets" reviews the prospects for urban churches to play a significant role in urban revitalization....Churches can "1) grow community, 2) promote community service, 3) attract people to live downtown, 4) draw private investment, and 5) add beauty to the physical appearances of community...."
The Biblical perspective on biodiversity doesn't directly address the issue of endangered species. Theologians construct the argument for protecting endangered species from various biblical and ethical frameworks. Some are utilitarian are expressly anthropocentric--we protect species because they might be useful for us, as sources of medicine, useful products, or for the services they provide (like … Continue reading Imperiled Wildlife from a Biblical Perspective
Does the prospect of choosing a Christmas tree fill you with the same environmental angst that you get when confronted with “paper or plastic”? or “cloth or disposable diapers”? Those are actually two very hard questions, mainly because there’s not a whole lot of difference in the environmental impact of the alternatives. You can think … Continue reading Keeping it real in the market for Christmas trees