Monday, April 14, 2008

Green Ethics

Green currently has an almost messianic appeal, and for some, as Kinan Malik points out, environmentalism appears to have taken the form of a system of belief:

"...the act of saving the planet has become almost a religious undertaking, and carbon offsetting a form of penance for our fleshly sins. It's a way of assuaging your guilt..."

However, Green is about more than assuaging guilt or reducing carbon footprints. It is a lifestyle associated with high standards of morality, integrity, and trust. This is the essence of a sustainable Green ethic. Conversely, misleading ecological claims dilute the integrity of all Green commerce, and this can be very damaging to an industry that markets its ethics.

Deep Ecological Ethics value all living beings and their ecosystems. This view holds that Green ethics should be post-secular in the sense that they are open to various forms of spirituality, and pluralist in that they encompass the reality of different perspectives.

Despite our differing political and ideological agendas, there is a virtual consensus when it comes to ecological stewardship. Concern for the earth transcends individual experience because the ethics of environmentalism apply to people around the world and across political and religious cultures. At its core, the morality of Green speaks to compassion, and here religious and secular ethics converge.

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