A compelling "Sign of the Times" is that our human experience in the twenty-first century is defined in part by increasing ecological degradation. Given the complexity of these environmental issues, this book argues that creative and strategic collaboration between theology and environmental science is necessary to find and implement practical solutions.
It presents a solid grounding in the discipline of ecology in order to create an ecological conscience and a solid understanding of the major environmental problems of our time: global climate change, ozone depletion, deforestation and depletion of earth's resources, collapse of biodiversity, overpopulation and over-consumption, the bioaccumulation of persistent toxins, and achieving ecological sustainability. It also describes the contributions theology can make to the healing of the world. The book's overall objective is to provide a text that nurtures the learning community in critical reflection and ethical action to benefit the future of our planet and the common good.