Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Losing and Finding Sacred Place 2 Lament for a Silent Summer 3 Artificial Persons and the Political Economy of Place 4 Place, Religion and Resistance to Corporate Power 5 Wilderness, Religion, and Ecological Restoration in the Scottish Highlands 6 Food Sovereignty from Joshua to La Via Campesina 7 The Moral Geography of Sustainable Communities 8 Re-Placing Ethics in the City and the Countryside Index
Argues that the recovery of a sense of local place modeled on the Christian-Eucharist community is essential to the resolution of the ecological crisis.
Michael S. Northcott is Professor of Ethics at Edinburgh University, UK. He is an ordained Anglican Priest, and a trustee of the Fair Trade company Traidcraft.
Place, Ecology and the Sacred offers valuable insights for
religious environmentalism, and it merits consideration by anyone
interested in community-based responses to environmental crises. *
Theology Journal *
Identifying and engaging with the problem [of religious environmentalism] is a very worthwhile exercise in itself and this book, which is full of thought-provoking insights, certainly does that. I commend it highly. * Modern Believing *
Jesus was "of Nazareth" and we, too, are creatures of place and places. In this book a world-class environmental theologian, Michael Northcott, turns his spade to help reset the seeds of Eden. -- Alastair McIntosh, Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, UK
In Place, Ecology, and the Sacred Michael Northcott explores the history and politics of Earth-destructive and species-extincting human conduct. The book provides an incisive and insightful analysis of the historical role of wealthy individuals, transnational corporations, and the government officials they influence to thwart citizens' efforts to effect a healthful and employment-producing environment. On a note of hope for the present and future, the book discusses projects that foster the ecological wellbeing of humanity, all living beings, and our shared Earth home. I highly recommend Place, Ecology and the Sacred. I look forward to using it in my socioecological ethics courses. -- John Hart, Professor of Christian Ethics, Boston University, USA; author of Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics (2006) and Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space (2013)
We face what Stephen Emmott calls 'an unprecedented planetary emergency' due to the pressure of enormous numbers of people, many very affluent, on a tiny planet. More than half of us live in cities and this proportion increases year by year. What to do about this? Michael Northcott explores the urgent need for a new moral economy of place, inconceivable without challenging the power of corporations in our world. An urgent, intelligent reflection by one of our leading theologians who has sought for many years to draw our attention to the immense seriousness of the impact of global warming. -- Timothy Gorringe, Professor Emeritus, University of Exeter, UK