What does it mean to be good stewards of the climate?

“Historically there have been three broad ways of viewing the natural world. Primitive cultures viewed it as a personal entity with a mind of its own. Biblical cultures view it as the work of a Supreme creator. Modern secularists view it as a random, uncreated entity. Each view implies very different attitudes towards the environment. I argue that the functional worldview leads most easily to a coherent ethic of environmental protection, but also subordinates it to the interests of humans. It implies that nature has intrinsic, but not infinite, value. The secular view does not privilege human action, but neither does it establish a rationale for viewing nature as intrinsically valuable. I conclude by setting out some general conclusions about how these ideas might affect the way we approach climate policy, with specific reference to the Biblical doctrine of stewardship and the parable of the talents.” click here

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