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Environmental Ethics

The Value of a Gorilla vs. a Human

Bron Taylor | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Bron Taylor

Mainstream media depicted the shooting of an endangered gorilla as a tragic necessity because a child was at risk of grievous harm or death. Whether implicitly felt or explicitly stated, the assumption was that the life of this child was more valuable than the life of this gorilla.

Interrogative Love: On Faith and Academia

Jacob J. Erickson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Jacob J. Erickson

Asking someone about faith can be a dangerous exercise because, for one thing, they might actually tell you something (whether you actually wanted to ...

Why I reject the Precautionary Principle!

Martin Bunzl | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Martin Bunzl

Nature forces such choices on us, and what we really need is a guide to how to weigh harm in the pursuit of the good. A guide to decide when the good outweighs the harm. Never says the Precautionary Principle!

Does Nature Have Rights?

Martin Bunzl | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Martin Bunzl

Writing about historical carbon output, like most philosophers, I worry about who has done what, who is owed and who owes, whether ignorance matters or not, and so on. But in all of this debate there is an embarrassing silence about "Nature."

New Conservation Science Is Misguided and Too Much About the Major Problem -- Us

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.25.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Anthropocentrism -- putting humans first and acting as if we're the only beings who count -- is a bad lesson for youngsters who will inherit the messes we leave. A more humble, right-minded, and less anthropocentric position argues for valuing and conserving nature because of its intrinsic value.

Do Animals Go to Heaven? Reflecting on Our Relationships to Non-Human Life

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

When we ask such a question or "Do animals have souls?" what are we are really saying? We are revealing a deeper existential and theological question about how human beings relate to other living creatures.

Beyond The Letter Of The Law: Jewish Ethical Investing In Light Of Climate Change

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

It is imperative that Jewish communities address the morality of investing in fossil fuel companies, whose fundamental operations imperil humanity and functional ecosystems.

My Kiddush Cup And Deeds Of Lovingkindness To The Earth

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

We have made great idols of our ability to harness the resources of the earth, damming rivers, moving mountains and creating great structures that reach to the sky. While we have gained great benefits from our labor, it is time to now think of how to treat the earth with kindness.

Tu Bishvat: Moving From Light To Dark Green Environmentalism

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

While the present Jewish environment movement has been doing a very good job on educating and activating the Jewish community on the issues of food sustainability and energy conservation, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.

A Call for New Ethics in an Overpopulated Planet

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Sangita Iyer

On a misty autumn morning the sun's soothing rays dance through the canopies of barren trees, as I walk through the woods. A beam of light brings to f...

Religious Rhapsody: The National Council of Churches

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The National Council of Churches is right that we are ethically bound to be stewards of the Earth. If the exercise of that religious-driven principle permeates the operation of government, so be it.