Moral Ground

Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Nelson, co-editors; foreword by Desmond Tutu

Moral Ground book by Kathleen Dean Moore

Publisher’s Description

Although climate disruption and environmental degradation are scientific and technological issues, they are fundamentally moral issues. MORAL GROUND gathers the testimony of one hundred of the world’s moral leaders – theologians and religious leaders, scientists, poets, business leaders, activists, and philosophers. Together they present a compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibilities to the planet. MORAL GROUND provides readers of any worldview reasons – good reasons, powerful reasons – to respond, to take themselves seriously as moral agents, to reclaim the right to live the lives that embody their deepest values.


“The essays in this book tell us the moral ground we stand on. They are a clear call to action. We are called to honor our duties of justice, to prevent the enormities of climate change, as the price of the lifestyles of the privileged is paid by millions of poor people, in the loss of their livelihoods and their lives. We are called to honor our duties of compassion, to prevent the suffering of millions of innocent people, especially the hungry children. If we act on the side of justice, we have the power to turn tides. Raise your voice. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to work together with campaigners in the global south and call for strong climate change laws. In matters of climate change, as in all our lives, our obligation is to clear: we must do unto others as we would wish them to do unto us.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu


“Moral Ground will light a righteous fire.” — Utne Reader


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