Great tide rising Toward clarity and moral courage in a time of planetary change

Kathleen Dean Moore

Book - 2016

"Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise - a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life. Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time - What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories... and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage? "--

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Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint [2016]
Main Author
Kathleen Dean Moore (author)
Physical Description
340 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Introduction: Learning to Navigate Amid Loss
  • Preface: At Low Tide, Watching the World Go Away
  • Part I. It's wrong to wreck the world
  • The Power of Moral Affirmation
  • Why It's Wrong to Wreck the World
  • Thirteen Good Reasons to Save the World
  • Because the World Is Wonderful
  • Wonder, Bread
  • Because We Love the Children
  • Every Parent's Prayer
  • The Angel and the Duck
  • Because We Honor Human Rights and justice
  • Part II. A call to care
  • A Love Story
  • At the East Fork Cabin, All Is Well
  • On Joyous Attention
  • Bear Sign
  • The Art of Watching
  • An Old World view, a New Worldview
  • An Ethic of the Earth
  • The Blue River Declaration
  • An Ethic of the Cosmos
  • One Night, of Three Hundred Sixty-Five
  • Ethics and Extinction
  • An Oath for the Wild Things
  • The Frogs (Motet for Forty Voices)
  • The Rights of Nature
  • Pachamama's Anger
  • Part III. A call to witness
  • Breaking the Silence
  • The Sandusky Syndrome
  • The Duties of the Moon
  • Invincible Ignorance
  • The Logic of Denial
  • False Promises and Dead Ends
  • Adaptation
  • Scapegoating
  • Resilience
  • Despair
  • New Beauty in the Rushing Changes
  • The Work of Democracy
  • A Posthumous Interview with Edward Abbey
  • The Work of Science
  • The Work of Nature Writers
  • Form Letter 400: Divesting from Fossil Fuels
  • It's a Bad Day for Rex Tillerson
  • And Why You Must
  • The Work of Wilderness
  • In the Burnt Rubble of the Geography of Hope
  • Part IV. A call to act
  • Really Hard Questions
  • We Have Met the Enemy, and Is He Us?
  • What Can One Person Do?
  • The Rules of Rivers
  • Conscientious Refusal: A Stone in the River Slows the Flow
  • Creative Disruption: A Stone in the River Changes the Flow
  • Courageous, Relentless Citizenship: A Stone in a River Is One of Many
  • After Hope, the Roar of the Lion, the Great Rising Wave
  • Afterword: Ring the Angelus
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
Review by Kirkus Book Review

A philosopher and award-winning nature writer examines the moral arguments behind the need to end the processes that have created global warming. Moore (Philosophy/Oregon State Univ.; Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, 2010, etc.) examines why it is unethical to permit the pillaging of the Earth's resources and why people should take action to end further environmental degradation. She presents "Thirteen Good Reasons to Save the World" and then, in the essays that follow, elaborates on those she finds the most compelling. Humanity must save the Earth for future generations to enjoy, she writes, and the world is too miraculous to destroy. But most importantly of all, to allow further destruction violates the most basic human rights to "life, liberty, and security of person." Human beings must learn to see the magnificence of the world and every living thing in it. At the same time, they must let the beauty of nature inspire a love that is so "elemental and fierce" that it gives rise to a determination not to let the planet die without a fight. As Moore points out, by 2060, it's likely that "half of the Earth's species will have gone extinct." Speaking out about patterns of acceptance and denial that exist in personal and collective attitudes toward the reality of climate change is also imperative. Humans may be able to adaptfor a timeto the damaged world we are creating, but, writes the author, "the single-minded focus on accommodation to climate changeis a moral failure" because it makes no allowances for the open, multifaceted discourse that could improve a dangerous situation for the greater good. In this probing and lyrical book, Moore reminds readers of the interrelatedness of all living things through time, and she offers a clarion call to summon the moral courage to "rage against the dying" of the Earth. An impassioned and well-reasoned cry for "great rising tides of affirmation of justice and human decency and shared thriving." Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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