The Environment and Christian Ethics (New Studies in by Michael S. Northcott

By Michael S. Northcott

This publication is set the level, origins and reasons of the environmental quandary. Dr. Northcott argues that Christianity has misplaced the biblical wisdom of the interconnectedness of all existence. He indicates how Christian theologians and believers may possibly recuperate a extra ecologically-friendly trust approach and life-style. the writer presents an incredible corrective to secular methods to environmental ethics, together with utilitarian individualism, animal rights theories and deep ecology.

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34 According to Paul Harrison, despite urgently needed land reform in some countries, the problems of land inequity and landlessness have got much worse since then, not least because of the high costs of the more intensive farming encouraged by governments and aid agencies in the wake of the 'green revolution5, which introduced fast-growing hybrid seeds and increased chemical inputs and mechanical harvesting into much of Third World agriculture. 36 However, for many dispossessed farmers in the Third World, and particularly in Africa, no such alternative and adequate employment opportunities exist to traditional subsistence farming on communal lands and family plots.

The new alliance of road protesters involving local residents, travellers and environmental activists, the increasingly strident campaigns of city dwellers against the exclusive use of the countryside for intensive farming and blood sports and the cruelty to animals 34 The environment and Christian ethics involved in both kinds of activity, growing disputes over access to rural areas for travellers and walkers, all indicate a new and heightened awareness amongst the urban people of Britain about the significance of land, and their fears for what is happening to the earth.

Filling holes in the ground with toxic waste is inexpensive and as a consequence Britain is a major net importer of toxic waste. In the United States past neglect of the problem of toxic waste and land pollution is being radically addressed by retrospective legislation which is requiring past producers of waste, and their insurers, to fund the very expensive process of removing the toxins, purifying the soil and restoring the landscape. The enormous costs of this clean-up programme are among the factors behind the collapse of certain syndicates in the Lloyds Insurance market in London, which carried the insurance risk for many of the companies responsible for the pollution.

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