Green Morality: Mankind's Role in Environmental Responsibility

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Green Morality: Mankind's Role in Environmental Responsibility


Quinn, Courtney, NACTA Journal


Green Morality: Mankind's Role in Environmental Responsibility By Edward Flattau. 2010. The Way Things Are Publications. Hard cover, 279 pages, $29.95, ISBN 9780982 141 922

In Green Morality, Edward Flattau has written a scathing treatise against our economic, social, and moral choices that contribute to widespread environmental destruction. Flattau has issued a rousing call for humanity to meet its moral obligation of sustainability. Flattau's newest book uses countless examples to document that we are woefully short of meeting our moral imperative. As renowned 40-year syndicated environmental columnist, Flattau has ample examples to demonstrate our environmental mishaps and destruction. Expounding on instances of corporate and political green-washing, Flattau's polemic on leaders who make unsustainable decisions for economic gain exposes the urgent need for a realignment of our values, policies, and lifestyles.

Flattau takes a global perspective on our environmental problems focusing on both western lifestyles of consumption and waste coupled with the environmental impacts of population growth. He delicately weaves together interrelated issues such as women's' rights, private property, corporate responsibility (or lack thereof), and political finance to illustrate how such seemingly disparate issues affect the health of human and environmental communities. Yet for all the negative environmental behaviors, Flattau does not ignore acts of courage by politicians and citizens that have succeeded in protecting environmental resources. Michael Bloomberg, New York City mayor, is noted for his willingness to outline 'specific and attainable' objectives to make New York City the "first environmentally sustainable metropolis." Other, less well known figures, are lauded by Flatteau including Joe Mehrkens. Mehrekens was a U.S. Forest Service employee so dismayed by the agency's management of our national forests that he quit his job to join an environmental organization critical of his former employer. …

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