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Kathleen Dean Moore

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Sustainability as a Founding Principle of the United States

Posted by Kathleen Dean Moore

Oct 23, 2013 8:50:00 AM


Although brilliant for their time, the nation’s founders did not make provisions for the challenges of strained natural resources.

In neither the Constitution nor the basic principles of capitalism, as best represented by Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations, is there evidence of any meaningful awareness of the fact that the natural systems of the Earth and our constructs and designs as humans must advance in sustainable ways. An appreciation of the interrelationship between natural processes and human design is a prerequisite for any adequate conception of sustainability. This hybrid concept can be summarily defined as the stewardship of natural capital for future generations, but its implications are far broader than any of these terms—embracing not only the environment and economic development, but also health care, urbanization, energy, materials, agriculture, business practices, social services and government.

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A Fair Deal

Posted by Kathleen Dean Moore

Sep 17, 2013 9:10:00 AM


Americans tend to talk a lot about morality and justice. But most Americans still fail to realize that their country’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol, and their subsequent business-as-usual approach to greenhouse gas emissions, is a moral failing of the most serious kind. It is already having harmful consequences for others, and the greatest inequity is that it is the rich who are using most of the energy that leads to the emissions that cause climate change, while it is the poor who will bear most of the costs.

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The Fate of Creation

Posted by Kathleen Dean Moore

Aug 23, 2013 9:37:00 AM

Only by gaining a better understanding of biology and science will human beings have a chance to make a radical shift in our dangerous misconceptions about progress.

Somehow and somewhere back in history humanity lost its way. We evolved in a biologically rich world over tens of thousands of generations. We destroyed most of that biological richness in order to improve our lives and generate more people. Billions more people, to the peril of Creation. I would like to offer the following explanation of the human dilemma:

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Defending the Earth

Posted by Kathleen Dean Moore

Jun 1, 2013 1:10:00 PM

NO MATTER WHAT moral theory one might turn to, one will find a strong affimation of our obligation to future generations to preserve or restore a thriving, healthy world filled with beauty and possibility. Where is there room for escape from this obligation? What is the name of the virtue that would allow us to believe that we could care only about ourselves, act as if present or future beings had no pull on us, and then turn around and  assert our goodness?Certainly there is no room for escape from our obligations in an appeal to the divine. What sort of deity would sanction disregard for the future and still command our praise? And really, how can it be prudent, or beneficial to any being alive or imagined to discount the future? The world’s wisdom makes the same demand of us: we have a moral obligation to avert harms to the future.
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