Modern Believing

Theology Past the Climate Tipping Point: What if it is Too Late to Stop Climate Change?

Modern Believing (2022), 63, (1), 8–20.

Abstract

Most of ecotheology is, quite rightly, focused on the strategies that could help stop climate change. This article asks the pessimistic question: what if climate change is already past the point of no return? How should we think about the nature of global change, and what underlying assumptions tend to inform our approaches to climate-change rhetoric and decision making? This provocative article is intended to open up new ecotheological questions about the place of humans in life’s history while asking what hope remains in a world marked by significant climate change.

Access Token
£25.00
READ THIS ARTICLE
If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

References

Aggarwal, Ajay, Fojo, Tito, Chamberlain, Charlotte, Davis, Courtney and Sullivan, Richard (2017) ‘Do Patient Access Schemes for High-Cost Cancer Drugs Deliver Value to Society? Lessons from the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund’, Annals of Oncology, 28(April), 1738-50. Google Scholar

Barkham, Patrick (2018) ‘Dutch Rewilding Experiment Sparks Backlash As Thousands of Animals Starve’, The Guardian, 27 April, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/dutch-rewilding-experiment-backfires-as-thousands-of-animals-starve. Google Scholar

Bauckham, Richard (2010) Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation. London: Darton, Longman & Todd. Google Scholar

Brown, Francis, Driver, S. R. and Briggs, Charles, eds. (2002) Hebrew and English Lexicon. Unabridged, Electronic Database (Biblesoft), https://biblehub.com/hebrew/3533.htm. Google Scholar

Calladine, John, Bray, James, Broome, Alice and Fuller, Robert J. (2015) ‘Comparison of Breeding Bird Assemblages in Conifer Plantations Managed by Continuous Cover Forestry and Clearfelling’, Forest Ecology and Management, 344, 20-29. Google Scholar

Calvete, Carlos (2006) ‘The Use of Immunization Programs in Wild Populations: Modelling Effectiveness of Vaccination Campaigns Against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease’, Biological Conservation, 130(2), 290-300. Google Scholar

Cornwall, Warren (2020) ‘The Paris Climate Pact Is 5 Years Old. Is It Working?’ Science, 11 December, https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/paris-climate-pact-5-years-old-it-working. Google Scholar

European Space Agency (2008) ‘Tiny Animals Survive Exposure to Space’, European Space Agency, 10 November, https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Research/Tiny_animals_survive_exposure_to_space. Google Scholar

Evans, Marc (2017) ‘Family of Oxfordshire Cancer Campaigner Clive Stone Defend the Cancer Drugs Fund He Fought For’, Oxford Mail, 29 April, https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15255289.family-oxfordshire-cancer-campaigner-clive-stone-defend-cancer-drugs-fund-fought/. Google Scholar

Hobbs, Richard, Higgs, Eric and Hall, Carol (2013) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell. Google Scholar

Hoffman, Hillel, J. (2019) ‘The Permian Extinction: When Life Nearly Came to an End’, Natural Geographic, 6 June, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/permian-extinction. Google Scholar

Kasting, Janes and Siefert, Janet (2002) ‘Life and the Evolution of Earth’s Atmosphere’, Science, 296(5570), 1066-8. Google Scholar

Kim, Sanhhyun, Axelsson, E. Petter, Girona, Miguel, M. and Senior, John, K. (2021) ‘Continuous-Cover Forestry Maintains Soil Fungal Communities in Norway Spruce Dominated Boreal Forests’, Forest Ecology and Management, 480(15 January), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118659. Google Scholar

Liang, Handong (2002) ‘End-Permian Catastrophic Event of Marine Acidification by Hydrated Sulfuric Acid: Mineralogical Evidence from Meishan Section of South China’, Chinese Science Bulletin, 47, 1393-7. Google Scholar

Paillet, Yoan, et al. (2010) ‘Biodiversity Differences between Managed and Unmanaged Forests: Meta-Analysis of Species Richness in Europe’, Conservation Biology, 24(1), 101-12. Google Scholar

Raworth, Kate (2017) Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. London: Random House. Google Scholar

Simmons, Frederick, W. (2019) ‘What Christian Environmental Ethics Can Learn from Stewardship’s Critics and Competitors’, Studies in Christian Ethics, 33(4), 529-48. Google Scholar

Tollefson, Jeff (2021) ‘Covid Curbed Carbon Emissions in 2020 - but Not by Much’, Nature, 15 January, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00090-3. Google Scholar

Trazano, Emma and Mayer, Gregory (2020) ‘Pandemic Accelerates Shift to Meat Substitutes’, Financial Times, 26 April, https://www.ft.com/content/0127984a-6def-4040-9bca-002b6ffd4e0a. Google Scholar

Trelstad, Marit (2018) ‘Death and Apocalypse in a Time of Fear’, Dialog, 57, 263-70. Google Scholar

UNFCCC (UN Climate Change) (2021) ‘Synthesis Report of the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement’, UNFCCC, 26 February, https://unfccc.int/documents/268571. Google Scholar

White Jr, Lynn (1967) ‘The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis’, Science, 155, 1203-7. Google Scholar

Willers, Bill (1992) ‘Toward a Science of Lettings Things Be’, Conservation Biology, 6(4), 605-7. Google Scholar

Wilson, Edward, O. (2017) Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. New York: Liveright. Google Scholar

Woodroffe, Rosie (1999) ‘Managing Disease Threats to Wild Mammals’, Animal Conservation, 2(3), 185-93. Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Details

Author details

Sollereder, Bethany