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David G. Hallman has worked for over twenty years on energy and environmental issues on the national staff of The United Church of Canada and more recently as climate change programme co-ordinator for the World Council of Churches. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on environmental issues including Ecotheology--Voices from South and North, (WCC/Orbis Books, 1994) and A Place in Creation--Ecological Visions in Science, Religion and Economics, (United Church of Canada Publishing House, 1992).

 

Abstract of paper given at Christianity and Ecology conference:
Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable Community

Human-induced climate change represents a fundamental problem of justice and ethics since it is being precipitated largely by the rich industrialised nations with the consequences being suffered disproportionately by poor developing countries and by future generations. Climate change is caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels and hence challenges the economic development model that underlies modern civilisation with its dependence on the constant expansion of production and consumption. Western Christian theological history is inextricably linked to that development paradigm but recent theological movements suggest alternate values which could contribute to more socially justice and ecologically sustainable societies.

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