Environmental Ethics

Publications: 14

Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption
Environmental Ethics

Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption A Lenten Reflection

As Orthodox Christians prepare for Easter by partaking in fasting this Lenten season, we ought to pause to reflect on the ways in which this practice, in addition to being a source of spiritual renewal, can serve as a source of social transformation and ecological restoration. In order to ameliorate the ecological crises we currently…

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Wizards, Prophets, and the Archbishops and Bishops of the Christian Church
Environmental Ethics, Public Life, Religion and the Environment

Wizards, Prophets, and the Archbishops and Bishops of the Christian Church

In his 2018 book The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C. Mann describes the work and approaches of two of the most important environmentalists of the 20th century: William Vogt and Norman Borlaug. Unfortunately, their “blueprints” are contradictory approaches to the problems of climate change. Mann categorizes those who follow Borlaug’s model of “techno-optimism” (that…

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Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science

Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 2

In 1997, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople coined the term “ecological sin[1]” and since then his idea has come to influence a number of thinkers both within the Orthodox Church as well as others; the most prominent of which has been Pope Francis, who cites Bartholomew in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (sections 7-9)…

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Ethics in the Book of Nature
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science, Theology

Ethics in the Book of Nature The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 1

With another season of creation care upon us, we should take heed of the fact that the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) respectively affirm, for the first time, that climate change is in fact the result of human activities and that the catastrophic climactic events that the world has…

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Who Ate All the Pies? On Famine and Fasting
Environmental Ethics

Who Ate All the Pies? On Famine and Fasting

Warnings of an impending world food crises are currently being issued by multiple organizations and media of mass communication. A recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation press release points out many factors that are threatening to bring about a famine of Biblical proportions: climate change, legacy of COVID-19, public debt burdens and, last but…

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Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System
Environmental Ethics

Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System

With the fifth Halki Summit on the environment scheduled to take place in June 2022, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which we, as Orthodox Christians, can more fully embrace the ecological message that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has repeatedly delivered for more than thirty years….

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Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University