Living Ecological Justice: Additional Reading

By Citizens for Public Justice

A great deal of valuable material has been written on the global environmental crisis, the role of faith communities, the importance of advocacy, and the role that taxation and investment can play in improving the fate of creation.

An abbreviated list of resources is included in Living Ecological Justice (pp. 120-121), but there wasn’t room for everything. Included here is a more comprehensive list of recommended reading. We hope that this material will help you on your way to becoming a more engaged and effective advocate for creation.

Faith and the environment:

Berry, W. (2011). The Gift of Good Land.

Berry, W. (1993). Christianity and The Survival of Creation.

Berry, W. (2005). The Burden of the Gospels.

Berry, W. & McKibben, B. (2008). To Bear Witness to an Evil.

Brueggemann, W. (2002). The land: Place as gift, promise, and challenge in Biblical faith. Second edition. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Brueggemann, W. (2011). Disruptive grace. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. (see chapter “The Land Mourns,” pp. 155-172).

DeWitt, C. (2007). Earth-wise. Grand Rapids, Faith Alive.

Fretheim, T. (2005). God and world in the Old Testament: a relational theology of creation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. (see pp. 109-132 on plagues in Exodus as ecological disasters; pp. 171-181 on Jeremiah’s theology of creation & especially Jeremiah 12; and pp. 269-284 on relational theology of creation and the vocation of creation).

Habel, N. & Trudinger, P. (2008). Exploring ecological hermeneutics. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature.

Hayhoe, K. (2009). A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. New York: Faith Words/Hachette Book Group.

Lowe, B. (2009). Green revolution: Coming together to care for creation. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Press.

McKibben, B. (2005). The comforting whirlwind: God, Job, and the scale of creation. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications.

Murray, R. (1992). The cosmic covenant: Biblical themes of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. London: Sheed & Ward Ltd.

Northcott, M. (1996). The environment and Christian ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Northcott, M. (2007). A moral climate: The ethics of global warming.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Snyder, H. (2011). Salvation means creation healed. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Our environmental future:

Goodstein E (2007). Fighting for love in the century of extinction: How passion and politics can stop global warming. Burlington, VT, University of Vermont Press.

McKibben B. (2011). Eaarth: Making a life on a tough new planet. (New afterward). Toronto, ON, Alfred Knopf Canada.

Mitchell A (2009). Sea sick: The global ocean in crisis. Toronto, ON, McClelland & Stewart.

Pipher, M (2013). The green boat. New York:  Riverhead Books.

Schaeffer, F. (1970). Pollution and the death of man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

What a sustainable economy and future could look like:

Berry, T. (1999). The great work: Our way into the future. New York: Bell Tower.

Berry, W. (2010). What matters: Economics for a renewed commonwealth. Berkeley, CA:Counterpoint.

McKibben B (2007). Deep economy: The wealth of communities and the durable future. New York, Times Books, Henry Holt and Company.

World Council of Churches. (2012). Economy of Life, Justice, and Peace for All: A Call to Action.

World Council of Churches. (2009). Statement on just finance and the economy of life.

What Canadian churches are and are not doing to protect creation, and what they should be doing about it:

Lysack, M. (2013).“Stepping up to the Plate: Climate Change, Faith Communities and Effective Environmental Advocacy” in R. Haluza-Delay, A. Szasz, & R. Globus Eds, How the World’s Religions are Responding to Climate Change: Social Scientific Investigations, (pp. 157-173). Oxford: Routledge.

World Council of Churches. (2009). Statement on eco-justice and ecological debt.

Why greening is not enough and how effective advocacy can work:

McKibben, Bill (2008). Multiplication Saves the Day.  Orion November/December.

How taxation can play a role in creation care:

Gunn, J. (2013). “Taxes and Ecological Justice?” in Swift, R. Ed., The Great Revenue Robbery, (pp. 101-112). Toronto: Between the Lines.

Divestment from the fossil fuel industry:

Collins, C. (2013). 11 Reasons to Divest from the Fossil Fuel Industry: A future without oil, coal, and gas companies is being forged by individual, institutional and religious investors.

Insights. (2013). Church to divest from corporations engaged in the extraction of fossil fuels.

McKibben, B. (2012). Which Side Are You On? To show our true colors on climate change, we’ve got to divest. Orion, November/December.

McKibben, B. (2012). Do the Math. Rolling Stone, July 19.

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