Recommended Reads and Looks

GOD’S NATURE; OUR STEWARDSHIP

 The Green Bible (New Revised Standard Version). New York: HarperOne, 2008. Print.

    The Bible portion of The Green Bible is preceded by a forward and essays about creation care that were written by church leaders (such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope John Paul II) and by well-published creation-care advocates.
Within the essays and the creation-care quotations are poems such as Saint Francis’s “Canticle of the Creatures” and his “All Creatures of our God and King,” Wendell Berry’s “The Clearing Rests in Song and Shade,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning writing that “Earth is crammed with Heaven,” and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz.”
The Green Bible has a 17-page collection of creation-care quotes (“Teachings on Creation through the Ages”) that spans 2,000 years, which were assembled from many nations and religions. The authors and entities included are “The Apostles’ Creed, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Book of Common Prayer, Alexander Pope, John Wesley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Anton Chekhov, George Washington Carver, Albert Schweitzer, T.S. Elliott, many popes and other religious leaders, C.S. Lewis, Anne Frank, Rick Warren, and many others.
    This Bible publication, with its collection of essays, quotes, and poems, wonderfully reminds us that people of all times, places, and situations have been inspired by God while outside in His nature.

Moore,Kathleen and Michael Nelson. Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. San Antonio: Trinity UP,2010. Print.
A great series of essays discussing our earth stewardship responsibilities. Among the 87 essayists are such notables as the Dalai Lama, E.O. Wilson, Barack Obama, Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Bill McKibben, Thomas L. Friedman, Marcus J. Borg, Martin S. Kaplan, Carl Pope, Wendell Berry, Kathleen Dean Moore, M. Scott Momaday, Barbara Kingsolver, and many others.

PopeFrancis, Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home
Pope Francis states in the 2015 encyclical Laudato Sí that “The harmony between the Creator, humanity, and creation as a whole was disrupted by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations. This in turn distorted our mandate to ‘have dominion’ over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), to ‘till it and keep it’ (Gen 2:25)” (Laudato Sí, par. 66). “We are not God” (Laudato Sí, par. 67). Francis goes on to say that some have misinterpreted the Genesis grant of dominion. It does not mean absolute dominion over other creatures and “unbridled exploitation of nature” (Laudato Sí, par. 67). Francis states that “[e]ach community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations. ‘The earth is the Lord’s’ (Ps 24:1); to him belongs ‘the earth with all that is within it’ (Dt 10:14). Thus God rejects every claim to absolute ownership: ‘The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me (Lev 25:23).”

ENVIRONMENT: SALISH SEA

Dunagan, Christopher, “Watching Our Waterways” blog, https://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/. Kitsap Sun.

Christopher Dunagan, an environmental reporter for the Kitsap Sun for years, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Salish Sea ecosystem and a broad perspective of the elements (environmental, financial, governmental, business, and others) that factor into its health. His blog, “Watching Our Waterways,” posts information-filled entries (some serious, some fun) about our water-surrounded neighborhood.

Salish Sea Wild video series (by the SeaDoc Society)
    In the blog referenced below, environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan describes the new video series by the SeaDoc Society called Salish Sea Wild.
     To see wonderful videos of the many species—marine and terrestrial—in our Salish Sea area, you can (as Dunagan instructs) “sign up for notification of each new video on SeaDoc’s YouTube channel. The videos also can be viewed on www.SalishSeaWild.org and on SeaDoc’s Facebook page and Instagram feed.
     — source: Christopher Dunagan, “Amazing Monday: Sea Doc followers go wild with new video series,” Watching Our Waterways (blog) 27 May 2019, Kitsap Sun, https://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2019/05/27/amusing-monday-seadoc-followers-go-wild-with-new-video-series/

ENVIRONMENT: BIG PICTURE

Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2019. Print.

Wallace-Wells’s discussion regarding our future in a world with climate change and extinction of species is frightening.
     The slim hope he holds out is that even though we’re on a course toward disaster, it’s a course which we ourselves set, and so it’s conceivable that we could change that course–in contrast to (for example) the course of a large meteor hurtling toward earth. However, we must act decisively and now to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
     His pessimism is that even though we’ve known about the damage occurring to our earth, having been told over and over again by our scientists what’s happening, we continue to do very little, and instead we worsen the situation each year.
     We need bold, decisive, wise, and inspired action by nations, states, cities, companies, and individuals.

Bloomberg, Michael and Carl Pope. Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017. Print.

Whereas David Wallace-Wells’s 2019 book, The Uninhabitable Earth, can discourage us into thinking that humankind is on a relentless course towards self-destruction, Bloomberg and Popes’s 2017 book, Climate of Hope, presents us with many entities that are—right now—working hard to combat climate change . . . and that gives us hope.

Friedman, Thomas L. Hot Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How it Can Renew America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Print.

      A warming world, globalization, a skyrocketing human population, how they are related, and how they are changing Earth: In his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas Friedman (who also wrote The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World is Flat, and others) tells us how we gotten into the situation we’re in, and he recommends actions for us to take to make ours a tolerable world.