Life on earth is wildly diverse, but the future of that diversity
is now in question. Through environmentally destructive farming
practices, ever-expanding energy use, and the development and
homogenization of land, human beings are responsible for
unprecedented reductions in the variety of life forms around us.
Estimates suggest that species extinctions caused by humans occur
at up to 1,000 times the natural rate, and that one of every twenty
species on the planet could be eradicated by 2060.
An Ethics of Biodiversity argues that these facts should
inspire careful reflection and action in Christian churches, which
must learn from earth's vast diversity in order to help conserve
the natural and social diversity of our planet. Bringing scientific
data into conversation with theological tradition, the book shows
that biodiversity is a point of intersection between faith and
ethics, social justice and environmentalism, science and politics,
global problems and local solutions. An Ethics of
Biodiversity offers a set of tools for students,
environmentalists, and people of faith to think critically about
how human beings can live with and as part of the variety of life
in God's creation.
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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