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A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2007
This book goes way beyond suggesting that we all turn our thermostats down a couple of degrees and buy a few energy saving lightbulbs.

In a surprisingly readable style, Professor Northcott argues that western society's preoccupation with making money has both made us unhappier and the climate more unstable.

It's time for a radical shift, he says, led by a movement of 'ordinary' churchgoers and members of the public. If we slow down and remind each other that humans are meant to be connected to the earth we live in, then we will be more content, and our carbon footprint will reduce.

He's in complete agreement with climate scientists who say the world is warming up, and wants a UN backed global framework to force governments, multinational organisations and financial institutions to cut down their greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

Definitely a book to make you think.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2008
This book is ideal background reading for christians or non-christians seeking to live a moral life and asking themselves if global warming is a problem and, if it is, what are the moral and ethical issues involved. It is a relatively easy and entertaining read, despite the weighty subject matter, and Northcott succeeds brilliantly in showing how we are in great danger of violating the second great commandment "love your neighbour as yourself". The science is also well covered and any christian who reads this book will come away better informed about his duty. As Bonhoeffer said "the church is the church only when it exists for others" and "the ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.". It's time to take his and Northcott's message on board.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2014
Succinct, cogent presentation of material. Careful balance of historic and current environmental issues. Comprehensive content, but not dense reading. Excellent.
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on 29 May 2014
Michael Northcott is facing the contenporary environmental crisis is his book. He is standing on two fields at the same time: he gives a description of the current status with numbers and data, but he also paints a biblical perspective about the subjet. His starting point is Jeremiah - as the first ecopolitical prophet. Michael Northcott states that the environmental crisis has ethical basis.
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on 23 December 2014
Strong arguments, quite polemic, against the current economic model and its disastrous effect on the climate, set out with interesting Biblical parallels. These latter put some people off but not me. I find them astute and unexpected. His writing style, however, is unnecessarily academic with frequent very long sentences. This makes it hard to follow his argument in detail.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2010
I hate this book. Its constant and unnecessary religious references get in the way and make it unreadable.
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