Eco-Justice: The Unfinished Journey by William E Gibson

By William E Gibson

Articles linking ecological sustainability and social justice.

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Neither eco-justice nor the kingdom of God will come to more than partial realization in the historical drama. But we are called to participate in the drama, the continuing story, and to respond to our best discernment of God’s project in our time. The stark realities of our time—and, to the eyes of faith, God’s judging, liberating presence in them—make the journey necessary. These realities contradict the modern view of the world and demand a new perspective that acknowledges the interdependencies necessary for life and rejects the anthropocentric assumption that human beings have the right and the wit to conquer nature.

But Grossman points to the ever-smaller circles of decisionmaking, the ever-greater concentrations of power and control. ” Nevertheless, Grossman expresses hope for a revitalization of democracy, economic as well as political. It would happen in conjunction with the debate that may finally show that the alternative The Eco-Justice Perspective 33 to more need not be simply less, that there are choices to make life better. Such choices—and the renewed and intensified organizing and pressuring that they would entail—would challenge and change the crucial matter of control.

These normative values provide the basis for envisioning an eco-just future. Eco-justice means a world with various forms and levels of community in which all members participate in obtaining and enjoying sufficient sustenance from nature. It means a world in which the arrangements for drawing sustenance are shaped, not only by human need and want, but also by appreciation of the natural world and respect for the rightful place of nonhuman creatures, the integrity of natural systems, and the claim for a viable habitat that all the future generations of creatures, human and nonhuman, make upon the present.

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