Eco-Justice--The Unfinished Journey

Edited by William E. Gibson

Subjects: Theology
Paperback : 9780791459928, 360 pages, February 2004
Hardcover : 9780791459911, 360 pages, February 2004

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Table of contents



Introduction to the Journey

Part I: The Eco-Justice Perspective: Crisis, Meaning, and Motivation

1. Not Just Ecology, Not Just Economics--ECO-JUSTICE
Chris Cowap

2. Eco-Justice: What Is It?
William E. Gibson

3. Growth as Metaphor, Growth as Politics
Richard Grossman

4. Come Inside the Circle of Creation
Elizabeth Dodson Gray

5. Creation and Liberation as a Continuing Story
William E. Gibson

6. Teaching the Eco-Justice Ethic: The Parable of Billerica Dam
J. Ronald Engel

Conclusion to Part I

Part II: Eco-Justice Issues

Section A. Toxic Pollution and Environmental Justice

7. Toxic Pollution and Race
Charles Lee

8. Corporations and Community Accountability
J. Andy Smith III

Section B. Technology and Energy

9. Technology: Opportunity and Peril
Roger L. Shinn

10. The Conundrum of Oil: Less Would Be Better
William E. Gibson

Section C. Creatures, System, and Sense of Place

11. Duties to Animals, Plants, Species, and Ecosystems: Challenges for Christians
Holmes Rolston III

12. Of Place, Creation, and Relations
George E. Tinker (as Interviewed by Sabine O'Hara)

Section D. Hunger and Agriculture

13. The Persistence of Hunger: Ecological, Economic, and Ethical Dimensions
Larry L. Rasmussen

14. Let My People Farm
Donald Q. Innis

Section E. Population and Women's Concerns

15. Forging Common Ground on Population Issues
Carol Holst

16. Voices of Women on Environment, Population, and Development: Excerpts from Several Issues of the Journal
Elizabeth Dodson Gray, Peggy Antrobus, Karen Rindge, Bernadine Grant McRipley, and Helen Locklear

Section F. Economics, Good Work, and Sustainable Development

17. Sanctioning Resource Depletion: Economic Development and Neo-Classical Economics
Charles A. S. Hall

18. A New Economics for the Twenty-First Century
James Robertson

19. Good Work, the Big Chill, and the Sadness of Dinks
Ingrid Olsen-Tjensvold

20. The Development Debate: Coalition for a New Alternative?
J. Ronald Engel

Section G. Lifestyle and Community

21. Prodigality and Frugality: Core Conflict of the Times
James A. Nash

22. Sustainability and Community
John B. Cobb Jr.

Part III: The Journey Continues

23. The Church's Eco-Justice Journey
Dieter T. Hessel

24. The Earth Charter

25. The Earth Charter, Globalization, and Sustainable Community
Larry L. Rasmussen

26. Concluding Considerations, Continuing Journey
William E. Gibson



Articles linking ecological sustainability and social justice.


Eco-Justice—The Unfinished Journey links ecological sustainability and social justice from an ethical and often theological perspective. Eco-justice, defined as the well-being of all humankind on a thriving earth, began as a movement during the 1970s, responding to massive, sobering evidence that nature imposes limits—limits to production and consumption, with profound implications for distributive justice, and limits to the human numbers sustainable by habitat earth. This collection includes contributions from the leading interpreters of the eco-justice movement as it recounts the evolution of the Eco-Justice Project, initiated by campus ministries in Rochester and Ithaca, New York. Most of these essays were originally published in the organization's journal, and they address many themes, including environmental justice, hunger, economics, and lifestyle.

William E. Gibson is Director Emeritus of the Eco-Justice Project, Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy at Cornell University.