Significant climate change as a consequence of human pollution of the atmosphere looks increasingly likely. Some change is already occurring but quite what magnitude of change will occur and what it will bring to different parts of the world remains...
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Significant climate change as a consequence of human pollution of the atmosphere looks increasingly likely. Some change is already occurring but quite what magnitude of change will occur and what it will bring to different parts of the world remains unknown. Meanwhile, despite the catastrophic forecasts of the dangers that a warming world poses to human and other species, the consumer society of the North continues in its energy hungry path, and the peoples of the South continue to bear the cost. In the face of this uncertain yet impending crisis, does it make sense to speak of a moral response? Michael Northcott argues not only that it does, but that it is essential if we are to avoid further environmental disaster.
Prof. Michael S. Northcott (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Professor of Ethics, within th Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh
He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has been visiting professor at theClaremont School of Theology, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya.
He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. More recently published books include Life After Debt: Christianity and Global Justice (SPCK, 1999); An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (I B Tauris, 2005) and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press, 2007). Co-edited volumes include Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (Duke University Press, 2009) with Kyle Vanhoutan and Theology After Darwin (Paternoster Press, 2009) with R. J. Berry.