Essays and Articles, 2012- present
Along with her philosophy colleague, Michael Nelson, Kathleen issues an apology for the Enlightenment ideas that have resulted in so much destruction to the world and misery to its inhabitants. Salon, 2022
For those who say they want to help with the climate struggle but don’t know what to do, Kathleen and her co-author SueEllen Campbell devised a quiz/questionnaire/choose-your-own-adventure so people could identify their climate calling. Yale Climate Connections, 2022
ORION published Kathleen’s four-part series on the human rights violations of fracking.
Bedrock Rights: Introduction. Kathleen Dean Moore reports on a court ruling that fossil fuel corporations and governments, in collusion, are directly violating rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Bedrock Rights: Part Two. This week, more than 25,000 people gather at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow to address what is not only a global environmental catastrophe, but a global crisis of justice.
Bedrock Rights: Part Three. Kathleen Dean Moore reports on a court ruling that fossil fuel corporations and governments, in collusion, are violating the human right to water.
Bedrock Rights: Part Four. Kathleen argues that an appeal to human rights is a promising strategy for stopping fossil fuels.
Kathleen loved writing for America magazine, “L’Amerique Comme Vous ne L’avez Jamais Vue.” Her essay is called “living like birds.” Here it is, reprinted in the US.
“The Music in their Bones,” in Earth Island Journal. Kathleen asks,. “If we can’t save the songs of the world, can we save ourselves?”
In “The Venn Diagram from Hell,” Kathleen and Michael Paul Nelson consider ethics at the intersection of climate chaos, ecosystem collapse, and the Corona virus. Philosophers’ Magazine.
In Orion’s “Enumeration” column, Kathleen’s list of “12 Heart-Breaking Sounds That Will Remain When There Is No Heart to Break for Them.”
“One Good Turn” is Kathleen’s Orion article about five heroes of the climate struggle who turned the cranks to stop imports of Canadian tarsands oil.
“Because the world is wonderful” is Kathleen’s answer to the question: why is it wrong to wreck the world. “Let us begin with wonder,” she writes. “Let us begin with Wonder Bread.”
Read Kathleen’s new article about the rights of nature: “Leaping Lizards! What Might It Mean to Recognize the Rights of Nature?” What does Earth ask of us? Restraint, respect, and maybe – after all these years – recognition of the rights of Nature.
“Exposing the Logic of Climate Denial,” a guest column by Kathleen and Michael P. Nelson in Oregon Live, from Portland’s Oregonian.
“What is Morally Required” is Kathleen’s response to a student’s shouted challenge at the Durban climate change conference: “I’ve stopped settling for what is deemed ‘politically feasible’ by obstructionists and started asking for what is morally required.”
Read our climate ethics article in the Earth Island Journal – “It’s Wrong to Wreck the World: Thirteen Reasons Why“.