Hope for the Earth

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Hope for the Earth

Hope for the Earth

Vistas for a New Century

  • Author: Ernst M. Conradie
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1597522090
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 368
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'Hope for the Earth' explores the viability of an eschatological approach to an ecological theology, spirituality, and praxis in the South African context. The basic intuition of such an eschatological approach is that an environmental praxis can only be empowered on the basis of an adequate understanding of Christian hope. Despair in the face of environmental destruction will inevitably lead to a spirit of resignation. Where, then, can a vision of hope that includes hope for the earth be found? The author proposes a Òroad mapÓ for eschatology based on the observation that eschatology has traditionally responded to three aspects of the human predicament, namely 1) the evil effects of sin; 2) the problem of finitude and transience; and 3) the limitations of human power and knowledge in space (Part A). This analysis is used to fathom the depths of despair as a result of environmental destruction (Part B). The Biblical roots and subsequent history of Christian eschatology are discussed briefly (Part C). Recent contributions in Christian eschatology, ecological theology, cosmology, and South African expressions of hope are explored in depth in search of a vision of hope that includes hope for the earth itself (Part D). The eschatological road map is used to develop a vision of hope for the earth on the basis of a theology of life: life amidst death and destruction, life beyond death and eternal life in the presence of God (Part E). Finally the implications of this vision for an ecological ethos, spirituality, and praxis in the South African context are indicated (Part F).

Countdown

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Countdown

Countdown

Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

  • Author: Alan Weisman
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0748118594
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 528
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Every four days there are a million more people on the planet. More people and fewer resources. In this timely work, Alan Weisman examines how we can shrink our collective human footprint so that we don't stomp any more species - including our own - out of existence. The answer: reducing gradually and non-violently the number of humans on the planet whose activities, industries and lifestyles are damaging the Earth. Defining an optimum human population for the Earth is an explosive concept. Weisman, one of the most brilliant environmental writers, will travel the globe, from the settlements of Israel and the plains of Mexico to the bustling streets of Pakistan and the teeming cities of the UK. In his search for answers, he will speak to religious leaders, demographers, ecologists, economists, engineers and agriculturalists in what promises to be an international classic.

Hope on Earth

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Hope on Earth

Hope on Earth

A Conversation

  • Author: Paul R. Ehrlich,Michael Charles Tobias
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022611371X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 200
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Hope on Earth is the thought-provoking result of a lively and wide-ranging conversation between two of the world’s leading interdisciplinary environmental scientists: Paul R. Ehrlich, whose book The Population Bomb shook the world in 1968 (and continues to shake it), and Michael Charles Tobias, whose over 40 books and 150 films have been read and/or viewed throughout the world. Hope on Earth offers a rare opportunity to listen in as these deeply knowledgeable and highly creative thinkers offer their takes on the most pressing environmental concerns of the moment. Both Ehrlich and Tobias argue that we are on the verge of environmental catastrophe, as the human population continues to grow without restraint and without significant attempts to deal with overconsumption and the vast depletion of resources and climate problems it creates. Though their views are sympathetic, they differ in their approach and in some key moral stances, giving rise to a heated and engaging dialogue that opens up dozens of new avenues of exploration. They both believe that the impact of a human society on its environment is the direct result of its population size, and through their dialogue they break down the complex social problems that are wrapped up in this idea and attempts to overcome it, hitting firmly upon many controversial topics such as circumcision, religion, reproduction, abortion, animal rights, diet, and gun control. For Ehrlich and Tobias, ethics involve not only how we treat other people directly, but how we treat them and other organisms indirectly through our effects on the environment. University of California, Berkeley professor John Harte joins the duo for part of the conversation, and his substantial expertise on energy and climate change adds a crucial perspective to the discussion of the impact of population on global warming. This engaging and timely book invites readers into an intimate conversation with some of the most eminent voices in science as they offer a powerful and approachable argument that the ethical and scientific issues involved in solving our environmental crisis are deeply intertwined, while offering us an optimistic way forward. Hope on Earth is indeed a conversation we should all be having.

Hope for a Heated Planet

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Hope for a Heated Planet

Hope for a Heated Planet

How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future

  • Author: Robert K Musil
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813546230
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 280
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Rejecting cries of gloom and doom, Hope for a Heated Planet shows how the fight against global warming can be won by the grassroots efforts of individuals. Robert K. Musil, who led the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility, explains that a growing new climate movement can produce unprecedented change-in the economy, public health, and home-while saving the planet. Musil draws on personal experience and compelling data in this practical and rigorous analysis of the causes and cures for global warming. The book presents all the players in the most pressing challenge facing society today, from the massive fossil fuel lobby to the enlightened corporations that are joining the movement to "go green." Musil thoroughly explains the tremendous potential of renewable energy sources-wind, solar, and biofuel-and the startling conclusions of experts who say society can do away entirely with fossil fuels. He tells readers about the engaged politicians, activists, religious groups, and students who are already working together against climate change. But the future depends, Musil insists, on what changes ordinary citizens make. Through personal choices and political engagement, he shows how readers can cut carbon emissions and create green communities where they live. With practical and realistic solutions, Hope for a Heated Planet inspires readers to be accountable and enables them to usher in an age of sustainability for future generations.

The Earth-Mars Chronicles

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The Earth-Mars Chronicles

The Earth-Mars Chronicles

Vol 1 - Hope for Humanity

  • Author: Gerald W. Driggers
  • Publisher: Wingspan Press
  • ISBN: 9781595944818
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 346
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The birthplace of the human race is facing cataclysm and humanity will perish. Does the race that calls Earth home have the vision, the determination, the know-how to evolve into the space-faring species that it must become in order to survive? Ordinary people are faced with extraordinary choices - some hesitate, some succumb to personal ambition, some choose belief over science, and some simply give up. To those who cling to a vision of humans as more than an Earth-bound species, Mars provides hope for all - a new home and a haven for humanity. It has beckoned for decades, but as of 2045 only robots have visited the Red Planet. Now Mars has become the key to survival, but it may be too late. Hope for Humanity is the first book in the Earth-Mars Chronicles, the story of the struggle of humanity with itself when faced with survival as a species. Are we capable of sacrificing individual ambition for the continuation of the race? Can we become a global community and accomplish greatness in a time of great peril? And most importantly, can we become the children of Earth and Mars to save humanity?

Down to Earth

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Down to Earth

Down to Earth

Christian Hope and Climate Change

  • Author: Richard A. Floyd
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1498220878
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 140
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In the face of climate change and ecological diminishment, how can we hope that creation itself--good and beautiful, marked by tragedy and chaos--is taken up rather than left behind? Can a Christian vision, which has at times been drunk on eschatological dreams (or nightmares) that consign this world and most of its creatures to destruction, foster an earthly hope? Jurgen Moltmann and Sallie McFague offer two contemporary possibilities for an ecological eschatology. Floyd critiques both of these theological visions and traces an alternative that is both humble (grounded in the humus, the dirt) and hopeful (grounded in divine creativity), arguing that a "down-to-earth" hope is grounded finally in beauty: the beauty of the other that draws out the self, the beauty of the redeemed self coming out to meet the other, and the beauty of God that lures forth ever-new possibilities and gathers up all the beautiful and broken creatures into the deepest possible harmony.

Last Hope on Earth

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Last Hope on Earth

Last Hope on Earth

  • Author: Peter Calhoun,Astrid Ganz
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780981951331
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 204
  • View: 5663
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This book is a revolutionary approach to healing that can transform your life. It has been written by two well-known U.S. Spiritual Energy Healers who report on their miracle healing results with desperately ill people. The lay reader will be amazed at how a wide range of complex illnesses respond to a simple natural healing technique that can correct cancers, chronic pain, plus emotional disorders that restrict healing. And this is only a partial list of applications! A well-intentioned person can learn to do this type of healing through the clearly written healing techniques applicable to people, animals and the earth. This is a must read book for anyone that wants to help themselves, the Earth and other people.