Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over eighty visionaries, theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists, and writers to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet. In the face of environmental degradation and global climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not tell us what we ought to do.
The missing premise of the argument and much-needed center piece in the debate to date has been the need for ethical values, moral guidance, and principled reasons for doing the right thing for our planet, its animals, its plants, and its people.
Contributors from throughout the world (including North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe) bring forth a rich variety of heritages and perspectives. Their contributions take many forms, illustrating the rich variety of ways we express our moral beliefs in letters, poems, economic analyses, proclamations, essays, and stories. In the end, their voices affirm why we must move beyond a scientific study and response to embrace an ongoing model of repair and sustainability. These writings demonstrate that scientific analysis and moral conviction can work successfully side-by-side.
This is an audiobook that can speak to anyone, regardless of his or her worldview, and that also includes a section devoted to what next thinking that helps the listener put the words and ideas into action in their personal lives. Thanks to generous support from numerous landmark organizations, such as the Kendeda Fund and Germeshausen Foundation, the audiobook is just the starting point for a national, and international, discussion that will be carried out in a variety of ways, from online debate to town hall meetings, from essay competitions for youth to sermons from pulpits in all denominations. The Moral Ground movement will result in a newly discovered, or rediscovered, commitment on a personal and community level to consensus about our ethical obligation to the future.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 39 minutes|
|Author||Desmond Tutu - foreword, Kathleen Dean Moore - editor, Michael P. Nelson - editor|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 04, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #93,584 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#74 in Climate Change
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Important reading for today's world! Also read Pope Francis's Encyclical on Caring for the Earth
as an aid to understanding the world situation as best I can.
Book was in great condition, well packed. Arrived when promised.
The grace of this remarkable project is that 80 (eighty!) short essays were solicited to answer the question "Do we have a moral obligation to take action to protect the future of a planet in peril?" (Compare to Wiesenthal's _The Sunflower_ -- though here the respondents differ only on *why* they say yes.) The essays are somewhat artificially organized according to their broad patterns of moral reasoning. Obviously, some essays are more compelling than others, but since these are all public voices, it's worth reflecting on how they frame their responses.
The print edition displays the question clearly above the table of contents, and it lists each essay according to AUTHOR and essay title. So, you can browse through names including the Dalai Lama, E.O. Wilson, Barack Obama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ursula K. Le Guin, Peter Singer, J. Baird Callicott, Thomas L. Friedman, Mary Catherine Bateson, bell hooks, and Barbara Kingsolver (and 68 others), turning to each as you like.
The kindle edition OMITS THE QUESTION over the table of contents (so its "Yes, because..." headings are non-sequiturs). Worse, the table of contents lists essays by title but NOT AUTHOR. The kindle edition is therefore useless for anything other than a linear reading. Apparently there's "nobody home" at Amazon's kindle-edition assembly line to think about what readers need to have included in a digital edition. (If this problem is somehow fixed, I will retract this artificially-low rating.)