Why laws of thermodynamics matter, and then: Faith Ecology Economy

Posted December 14th, 2009 in Blog, Featured 1 Comment »

Fostering Ecological Hope
Today from Margaret Swedish:

Folks, we just published a new edition of our online Zine.

Topics:  1) Thermodynamics of Everyday Life, 2 essays written by Michael J. Swedish, professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering; 2) a new statement from religious groups, A Call to Integrate Faith, Ecology and the Global Economy.

Fog over St Johns River FL - by Moni 3 - Wikimedia Commons

Fog over St Johns River FL - by Moni 3 - Wikimedia Commons

I’m pretty proud of this issue for a number of reasons.  Among them, Prof. Swedish is my brother.  He is a mechanical engineer and expert on energy systems and heat transfer.  I have learned a lot from him and count myself lucky to have a technical expert in my own family on many of the issues we address here.  On many occasions I have run text by him to make sure it is scientifically correct.

Another reason has to do the with statement which emerged from the Faith, Ecology, and Economy forum. Last May I was invited to Washington DC to participate in a first-time conference of some 65 folks representing various faith-based groups to share our thinking on the ecological crisis and its interconnections with economic systems.  It was an animated and invigorating exchange of views and resources.

The group has continued to meet and broaden its participation.  Leading up to the Copenhagen International Climate Change Conference, several participants worked over long weeks to draft a statement, the one we have embedded in our Zine.  It is a statement of principles and a call to action.

We hope you will use this tool in your communities. It invites considerable reflection and discussion, and a framework for how to talk about and work towards a new human community that can relearn how to live within the balance of the Earth’s magnificent biosphere and atmosphere.


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One Response

  1. Steve Salmony

    Can the problem be more obvious? Can the solution be more evident?

    The countries that are responsible for producing the current threats to Earth’s environs pay now; the countries that exacerbate these threats to environmental health (and human wellbeing soon) pay later.