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Our Common Responsibility to Nature

Peter H. Raven

in Without Nature?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230693.003.0003
Our Common Responsibility to Nature

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This chapter explores the growing intensity of our impacts on the natural systems that support us, emphasizing especially the critical importance of biological extinction in limiting both the Earth's productive capacity and our ability to innovate in the development of a sustainable planet in the future. Our destruction of nature is now proceeding at a staggering and unprecedented scale, but despite our ignorance we remain fully dependent on nature, and its end would clearly precipitate ours as well.

Keywords: nature; biological extinction; Earth; sustainable development; human impact

Chapter.  7431 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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