Riders in the Storm

Ethics in an Age of Climate Change

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“”The century’s task—a task set for us by that implacable master physics—is to make ourselves smaller. This book is an eloquent reflection on that beautiful chore.””

Bill McKibben
Middlebury College

“In Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change, Brian Henning is right that the identity of the twenty-first century will increasingly be defined by long-festering ecological crises, made worse by political and market failures. Here is a basic introduction, seeing climate change as both ethical failure and opportunity. Riders in the Storm joins the most forceful voices in this keystone concern on the global agenda.”

Holmes Rolston III
Colorado State University

“In Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change, Brian Henning shows that we are called to rethink everything in view of the catastrophe we face so as to engage together in the great work to which Thomas Berry has been calling us. Central to honorable pursuit of this work is personal morality, and this morality must shape our lives to the needs of our times. Like every truly wise morality, what it calls for is not miserable sacrifice but joyful, responsible life.”

John Cobb Jr.
Claremont School of Theology

About This Book

Overview

With the increase of natural disasters, droughts, and superstorms, it’s clear that climate change isn’t coming—it’s here. The ecological crisis of climate change—and how we handle it—is the challenge of this century. Though policy changes or technological advances may help, they’re not enough. We are in need of new ways of thinking and acting; new ways of understanding our relationship to the world. Riders in the Storm assesses the challenges of climate change through an interdisciplinary study, examining the basic scientific, political, economic, and moral dimensions through a framework of philosophical ethics.

Details

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-218-1

Pages

216

Item # 7066

Customer Reviews

“”The century’s task—a task set for us by that implacable master physics—is to make ourselves smaller. This book is an eloquent reflection on that beautiful chore.””

Bill McKibben
Middlebury College

“In Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change, Brian Henning is right that the identity of the twenty-first century will increasingly be defined by long-festering ecological crises, made worse by political and market failures. Here is a basic introduction, seeing climate change as both ethical failure and opportunity. Riders in the Storm joins the most forceful voices in this keystone concern on the global agenda.”

Holmes Rolston III
Colorado State University

“In Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change, Brian Henning shows that we are called to rethink everything in view of the catastrophe we face so as to engage together in the great work to which Thomas Berry has been calling us. Central to honorable pursuit of this work is personal morality, and this morality must shape our lives to the needs of our times. Like every truly wise morality, what it calls for is not miserable sacrifice but joyful, responsible life.”

John Cobb Jr.
Claremont School of Theology

About the Author

Portrait of

Brian G. Henning

Brian G. Henning has a doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University. He is currently a professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Gonzaga University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Climate Change Isn’t Coming—It’s Already Here

  • On Thin Ice
  • The Difference between Climate and Weather
  • Rolling the Climate Dice
  • Our Holocene Home
  • Welcome to the Anthropocene
  • Future Projections and Impacts

Chapter 2: Understanding the Science of Climate Change

  • What Science Is (and Isn’t)
  • The Basics of Climate Science
  • What If We Are Wrong?

Chapter 3: The Political Response to a Changing Climate: The Market-Based Approach

  • The International Political Process: Rio, Kyoto, and Beyond
  • Kyoto and Its US Critics
  • Outsourcing Morality to Economics?

Chapter 4: The Sustainability Paradigm

  • What Is Ethics?
  • The Rise of the Sustainability Paradigm
  • Beyond Sustainability
  • Developing an Environmental Ethic

Chapter 5: Ecological Stewardship and the Great Work

  • From Despot to Steward
  • The Great Work and the Ecozoic Era
  • Voluntary Simplicity

Chapter 6: Moral Idealism, Hypocrisy, and Pursuit of the Great Work

  • Be Realistic
  • Hypocrisy and the Pursuit of Moral Ideals

Appendix: Eating Animals on a Warming Planet: A Case Study

  • Meat Production’s Role in Climate Change
  • Three Scenarios for Reducing the Climate Impact of Livestock

Glossary

Index

 

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