Ecology, Environment, Sustainability

Huge numbers of animal and plant species are becoming extinct every year. Meanwhile rising temperatures are alleged to be pushing humanity towards social and economic catastrophe. A rise of only four degrees could turn large parts of southern Europe into a desert; that is, if the area is not flooded, since sea levels around the world are said by many scientists to be rising faster than earlier forecasts suggested. Of course, accusations of scaremongering abound, the nature and scale of climate change remains a matter for debate, and the reliability of computer projections is disputed, but prudence would suggest that the risk from doing nothing is too great. The purpose of these pages will be to explore what is known about the crisis, our responsibility for it, and the solutions that have been proposed, without losing sight of the larger picture. For as governments are forced into action, there is a danger that fundamental moral principles will be forgotten. For the Catholic vision of ecology to which this site is committed, see the two pieces by Mary Taylor in our Articles section, and visit the still embryonic Environmental Solidarity Institute page.

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center

IPCC Report, 2013

Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)

International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture

Living Earth Foundation

Catholic Conservation

Catholic Ecology blog

Catholic Climate Covenant

Faith and Environment (Ricardo Simmonds)

Environmental Solidarity Institute

"Green Shoots", by Roger Scruton

Article on Ecology by Stratford Caldecott

The Ethics of Climate Change (conference at Blackfriars, Oxford)

Lecture by HRH The Prince of Wales

Communion and Stewardship (important paper by the International Theological Commission)

The Eucharist and Ecology (United Methodist and Roman Catholic joint statement)