The Moral Math of Climate Change
“A conversation about climate change and moral imagination with Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist and writer who has been ahead of the curve on this issue since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989. We explore his evolving perspective on human responsibility in a changing natural world.”
“A weekly national program since July 2001, Speaking of Faith is not so much about religion per se, but about drawing out compelling and challenging voices of wisdom on the most important subjects of 21st-century life…”
This post is a follow-up to yesterday’s post:
If we are going to avoid environmental catastrophe, we are going to need moral imagination as well as good science.
Indeed, science without moral imagination, science without guiding ethics and humanity, becomes the monstrous tool of our worst human traits. We have only to look at weapons of mass destruction and the massive destructive of the environment through technology to see that this is so.
If our use of science and technology is guided by a deep sense of the beauty and wonder of nature, I think we will tend to make better decisions about the use science and of technology. If we have a vision of the preciousness of all life on Earth, we will tend to make choices that are for the long-term benefit of all beings on this amazing “pale blue dot” of a planet that is our only home.
In all our calculations about the cost of dealing with climate change, lets not forget to do the “moral math.” If we don’t, our moral bankruptcy will bring disaster to us and to countless beings living on our planet. So, don’t miss this challenging interview with Bill McKibben. The future of the world depends on each one of us broadening and deepening our understanding of what is environmentally moral. The future depends on our moral imagination as a species.