Rural America in Crisis: An Unprecedented Call for a Christian Environmental Ethic

C. Dean Freudenberger

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1991

Issue: The Environment (Vol. 11, No 2, Spring, 1991)

For how much longer can our natural environment sustain human abuse? Never before has humanity confronted this question, involving such complex issues as soil loss, deforestation, fresh water degradation, possible global warming, ozone shield erosion, species extinction, desertification, and the demise of the farmer and rural community. Within, and contributing to this massive problem is the crisis in rural America. Ethically, we are adrift. During the past two centuries of scientific and industrial expansion, we have lost our way. The crisis we experience and the ethical challenge which emerges from it have to be addressed forthrightly. There are no options.

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