Nature preservation in nineteenth-century England.
Law structures our engagement with the economy and the environment: it creates a framework within which people make their decisions and choices.
If we seek a “new” religion that valorizes science and exalts human forms of consciousness, the Epic of Evolution fits the bill. But if the goal is to foster ethical sensibilities that encourage reverent and responsible coexistence with the natural world and its myriad beings, the evolutionary epic stands on much shakier ground.
The notion of God-given dominion over the Earth has been the underlying logic to justify exploitation and general disinterest in the wellbeing of the Earth.
For most of us, the Vatican isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking of major players in the environmental activism world.