Archives For Climate Change

 

The Chronic Ache of Injustice
 
A Review of 
 

Love in a Time of Climate Change:
Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice
Sharon Delgado

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Teresa Langness
 
 
Hurricane Harvey jolted Houstonites out of their homes and armchair television viewers out of their comfort zones, especially in light of rapid increase of “500-year hurricanes” devastating the region in the past five years. A month earlier, a newly released book had asked readers to hear not only the cries of their countrymen and women but the chronic ache of injustice among climate change victims around the world.

The title of Sharon Delgado’s new book shifts the topic of climate change out of its usual dimensions, which too often buck wildly from well-corralled layers of scientific research into the muddier bog of political rhetoric.

Through crisp storytelling, personal experience and articulate up-to-the-minute research, Love in the Time of Climate Change posits a theory that we must deeply understand but look beyond both. We must act not only with our minds but with our hearts and our feet to safeguard all members of our human family during the current age and stage of climate change.

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Public Radio WNYC did a great interview last weekend with novelist Amitav Ghosh, author of the recent book…
 

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Berlin Family Lectures)
Amitav Ghosh

 
Paperback: U of Chicago Press, 2016
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Ghosh explores the question, “where’s the great climate change novel?” He argues that climate change is less a science problem than a crisis of imagination.

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A Literary Perspective on Global Warming

A Brief Review of

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods

Richard Primack

Hardback: The University of Chicago Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Alicia Smock

 

This new book by Richard Primack reaches out to readers who are familiar with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden essay, as well as to those who are concerned about climate change. Being one who began college majoring in meteorology and having recently graduated from college in the field of literature, I was all too intrigued by Walden Warming and was very excited to read the book in its entirety.
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The Christian Vision of the Restoration of all Things

A Feature Review of

A Political Theology of Climate Change
Michael Northcott

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2013
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Reviewed by Spencer Cummins
 
The bombardment of media coverage regarding issues regarding global warming, climate change, and environmental politics assault the modern viewer at every angle.  From progressive to conservative viewpoints, we are facing a crisis as to which voice is most trustworthy and worth our attention.  At the same time, believers of every Christian tradition recognize the need for judicious analysis of the climate change quandary.  Into the mass of connective tissue that holds together climate change politics steps Michael S. Northcott, Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.  His new book, A Political Theology of Climate Change, is a riveting in-depth analysis of both anthropogenic climate change and theological reflection on creation.  Rather than run the risk of bringing out the outmoded conflict of political polarizing views on the climate change issue, Northcott provides the reader with both the climate change science that is behind the issues and counters the philosophical underpinnings of the view that nature and culture, science and ethics are at odds with each other at their foundations.  Engaging with writers as broad as J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl Schmitt, Bruno Latour, and Alasdair MacIntyre, Northcott digs deeply into climate change science and deeply reflects on the world that God has made.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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The Singing Bowl: Poems
By Malcolm Guite

(Sorry, apparently only the Kindle edition is available in the US)

Listen to an interview with Malcolm about the book

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Deep Green Manifesto

A Review of

Life Rules: Nature’s Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse

Ellen LaConte

Paperback: New Society Publishers, 2012.
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Reviewed by Josh Wallace

 

I was a climate-change doubter for many years. I’ve since had my conversion. I doubt, however, that Ellen LaConte’s Life Rules would have changed my mind.

 

Perhaps this okay. LaConte doesn’t set out to win over doubters. Judging by her endnotes, this may be an instance of the choir preaching to the choir. Most items she cites are put out by ecologically-minded presses or culled from permaculture, Deep Green, et cetera websites or newsletters. In the same way, the content of Life Rules is much more of a curated collection of the best ideas of other authors than an argument for a new conceptual scheme or course of action.

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Moral Ground - K.D. Moore and M.P. Nelson, Eds.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.

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An excerpt from the new book

Urbanism in an Age of Climate Change.
Peter Calthorpe.
Hardback: Island Press, 2010.
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EAARTH - Bill McKibben

A Review of
EAARTH:Making Life on a Tough New Planet.
Bill McKibben.
Hardback: Times Books, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

[ Read an excerpt from this book… ]

[ Watch two videos of McKibben talking about EAARTH ]

Since the release of his heralded book The End of Nature, almost twenty years ago, Bill McKibben has been leading the way in alerting us to the growing problem of climate change and pleading with us to change our consumerist ways.  Most recently, McKibben has been the spokesperson for 350, a non-profit that elevates this work of educating and calling for change.  McKibben’s new book, EAARTH: Making Life on a Tough New Planet, makes a case for the work of 350 and offers hope that we adapt to life in world where fossil fuels are not the predominant source of energy.  EAARTH (McKibben has said in interviews that we need to “channel our inner Schwarzenegger” in order to say the title: URRRTH) is basically divided into two parts, the first is an exposition of the problems that climate change is wreaking and will continue to wreak; in the second part of the book, he begins to imagine what a world less reliant on fossil fuels might look like.

The first half of the book paints a stark picture: global temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and there is an “historic level of CO2 in the atmosphere.”  And not only are these ecological problems escalating, their effects are being felt most powerfully among the poorest peoples of the world.  In spite of all the evidence that McKibben provides, some critics will likely accuse him of exaggeration.  The question that I would pose to such critics, and especially those who identify themselves as followers of Christ, is what good and selfless reason do we have for not reducing our consumption of fossil fuels?

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An excerpt from:

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.
Bill McKibben.
Hardback: Times Books, 2010.
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Watch for our review of this excellent book in next week’s issue!