A Moral Climate – the ethics of global warming, Michael S. Northcott, 2007, 336 pages
Northcott is a Professor of Ethics, and a priest. This is a scholarly book, with extensive endnotes and index to enhance the reading. Northcott examines theological attitudes to climate change, critiquing both complacent and apocalyptic approaches, at the same time looking at the ethical implications for all.
While it is a number of years, since I read this book, my recall is that it is a challenging and valuable read. He looks in depth at biblical passages, community attitudes and possible practical responses. He links positive action re the environment with positive action in the areas of poverty, the rich/poor divide, lessening the over use of resources, as well as promoting friendship, co-operation and understanding between nations and peoples.
Any book that begins with a description of the eucalyptus rainforest of Tasmania is worth delving into! And he finishes with these words: “Acting rightly with respect to the earth is a source of hope, for those who so act give expression to the Christian belief that it is God’s intention to redeem the earth, and her oppressed creatures.” You won’t finish it in the first 6 weeks of term, but it will be worth the read.