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Ethics and Theology of Climate Change

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Michael Northcott's (Professor, 2007) research monograph A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming was co-published by the UK Church-related development charity Christian Aid and the theological publishing houses Darton, Longman and Todd (London, 2007) and Orbis Books (Maryknoll NY, 2007). This co-publishing approach made the book available at a price (£15/ $20) that was accessible to non-specialist audiences. The book sold 4,000 copies in the first twelve months and was read in a wide variety of ecclesiastical and scholarly settings, and influenced ecclesiastical understandings of and responses to anthropogenic climate change. It led to a wide public discourse impact with invitations in five countries to address non-specialist audiences on the ethical implications of the science of climate change. Further, the book provided the basis for a civil society impact as it challenged readers and audience members to reconsider the potential role of faith communities, and individual users of energy including churchgoers, in responding to climate change.

Submitting Institution

University of Edinburgh

Unit of Assessment

Theology and Religious Studies

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Research Subject Area(s)

Language, Communication and Culture: Cultural Studies
History and Archaeology: Historical Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies: Religion and Religious Studies

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