Haunted by a Future
A Review of
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Editors
Paperback: Trinity University Press, 2011
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Reviewed by Gregory A. Clark
Moral Ground is haunted by a future.
The editors, Moore and Nelson, begin their introduction with an analogy. Dinosaurs continued to feed and care for their young even while an asteroid tumbled toward the earth. When that asteroid crashed into the earth it began a chain of events that undermined the various species of dinosaurs. So also, we (where “we” means the human species) potential dinosaurs that we are, continue our life as usual while the equivalent of an asteroid, climate change, bears down upon us. We all ought to be haunted by the future.
But, Moore and Nelson point out that analogy is not necessity. We are not there yet. We have three things the dinosaurs lacked: (1) a warning, (2) an imperative, and, for now, (3) a future. Let’s look at Moore and Nelson’s position on each of these points.