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Moral Ground

Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Kathleen Dean Moore (editor), Michael P. Nelson (editor), Desmond Tutu (foreword)

Eighty groundbreaking essays on why it's wrong to wreck the world

Moral Ground brings together the testimony of more than eighty visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, naturalists, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, activists, and writers—to present a compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to the planet. In the face of environmental degradation, species extinction, and climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not tell us what we ought to do. Nor can political processes or economic incentives give us all the answers. The missing premise of the argument and the much-needed centerpiece in the debate to date has been the need for ethical values, moral guidance, and principled reasons for doing the right thing for the future of our planet, its animals, its plants, and its people.

Contributors from around the world, including North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, bring forth a rich range of perspectives from a variety of cultural traditions. Their contributions—whether in letters, poems, economic analyses, proclamations, essays, or stories—illustrate our moral obligations to the planet and future generations. In the end, their voices affirm why we must move beyond relying on science alone and why we must also embrace a moral vision for environmental repair and sustainability. Moral Ground provides people of any religion or worldview reasons—good, powerful reasons—to respond, to take themselves seriously as moral agents, to reclaim the right to live the lives they believe in, to live as people of integrity—conscientious, compassionate, joyous, and just. Moral Ground gives us a way to hand over to future generations a world as rich in life and possibility as the one we live in.


  • Fred W. Allendorf
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
  • Mary Catherine Bateson
  • His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
  • Thomas Berry
  • Wendell Berry
  • Marcus J. Borg
  • J. Baird Callicott
  • Courtney S. Campbell
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
  • Robin Morris Collin
  • Michael M. Crow
  • Dalai Lama
  • Avner de-Shalit
  • Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Brian Doyle
  • David James Duncan
  • Massoumeh Ebtekar
  • Jesse M. Fink
  • James D. Forbes
  • Dave Foreman
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • James Garvey
  • Norman Habel
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Paul Hawken
  • Bernd Heinrich
  • Linda Hogan
  • bell hooks
  • Dale Jamieson
  • Derrick Jensen
  • Martin S. Kaplan
  • Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley
  • Stephen R. Kellert
  • Robin W. Kimmerer
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Shepard Krech III
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Hank Lentfer
  • Carly Lettero
  • Oren Lyons
  • Wangari Muta Maathai
  • Sallie McFague
  • Bill McKibben
  • Katie McShane
  • Curt Meine
  • Stephanie Mills
  • N. Scott Momaday
  • Kathleen Dean Moore
  • Hylton Murray-Philipson
  • Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • Michael P. Nelson
  • Nel Noddings
  • Barack Obama
  • David Orr
  • Ernest Partridge
  • Pope John Paul II
  • John Perry
  • Rolf O. Peterson
  • Edwin P. Pister
  • Carl Pope
  • Robert Michael Pyle
  • David Quammen
  • Daniel Quinn
  • Kate Rawles
  • Tri Robinson
  • Libby Roderick
  • Holmes Rolston III
  • Deborah Bird Rose
  • Jonathan F. P. Rose
  • Rosmarin
  • Carl Safina
  • Scott Russell Sanders
  • Lauret Savoy
  • Nirmal Selvamony
  • Ismail Serageldin
  • Peter Singer
  • Sulak Sivaraksa
  • Fred Small
  • Gary Snyder
  • James Gustave Speth
  • Alana Summers
  • Brian Swimme
  • Bron Taylor
  • Paul B. Thompson
  • George Tinker
  • Joerg Chet Tremmel
  • Quincy Troupe
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Jose Galizia Tundisi
  • Beth Turner
  • Brian Turner
  • Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees
  • Steve Vanderheiden
  • John A. Vucetich
  • Kimberly A. Wade-Benzoni
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  • Xin Wei
  • Alan Weisman
  • Terry Tempest Williams
  • Jack E. Williams and Cindy Deacon Williams
  • E. O. Wilson
  • Ming Xu


    • Designated as Top 10 Environmental Book by Huffington Post
    • Winner of the Foreword Magazine Best Book Gold Award (anthologies)
    • Winner of the Foreword Magazine Best Book Silver Award (environmental studies)


    “Will light a righteous fire under those who are receptive to its message; the best we can do is hope that it spreads, and spreads, and spreads.”


    “This book is fine reading but not only that. The reading of it makes you think; gives you pause to reflect upon your own life, and the way you have been part of the Earth.”


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    • Pages: 504
    • Size: 6 x 9
    • Published: Oct 2011
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595340856
    • Illustrations: 4
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    • Size: 6 x 9
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    Environment, Ecology, Nature, Anthology, Essays