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Open Access Laudato Si' Integral Ecology Collection

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of a united, global response to the current ecological crisis. Yet dialogue and learning on integral ecology is often hindered by limited access to the academic publications on the subject, which are not affordable for many individuals and institutions in lower-income countries.

The Laudato Si’ Integral Ecology collection seeks to address this problem by making open access a selection of key texts on integral ecology. The collection will provide a valuable resource for lay readers, students, and those undertaking more advanced academic study. Publications in the collection could also be read as part of a reading group, or an online course.

The collection was developed following a global consultation (see the report Global access to integral ecology and theology resources). The LSRI worked with Knowledge Unlatched to develop the collection. Georgetown University’s Environmental Justice Programme and the University of Notre Dame have generously contributed to the co-funding of the programme.

For the full collection on the Knowledge Unlatched site, please see here. For links to individual volumes, please see below. 

Book coverRebuilding our common home: Ten green commandments of Laudato Si
Author:
Joshtrom Kureethadam
Publisher: Liturgical Press, 2019
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Transdisciplinary Integral Ecology
Read for free: PDF 

This is an excellent commentary on Laudato Si’ within the see-judge-act pastoral cycle. It is a very good resource for those wishing to discuss what integral ecology is within the wider public, and for identifying what best we can do to remedy the damage we have done to our common home.
Please note that this is not an open access book. Its content has been made available by Liturgical Press for the Laudato Si’ Integral Ecology library only. You are free to read it on this site and download it to a local computer for personal use only.  

About (From the publisher)
The publication of Laudato Sí — a papal encyclical on a defining issue of our times — was a moment of great importance for Catholics and for the world. Now Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, one of the church's top experts on the document, provides a thoughtful, passionate, and highly accessible commentary on its key ideas and themes. Faithfully attentive to the outline of the six chapters of the encyclical, Fr. Joshtrom has also insightfully arranged the book according to the See-Judge-Act methodology that is increasingly used in spirituality, moral theology, and the social sciences.
If Pope Francis is right when he insists that the solution to our environmental problems cannot be found only in technocratic approaches by governments and institutions, but by a wide and thoughtful embrace by all of us of our common responsibility, then Fr. Joshtrom's book is precisely what we need at this time.

Deep Incarnation: God's Redemptive Suffering with Creaturesbook cover
Author:
Denis Edwards
Publisher: Orbis Books, 2019
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Intermediate
Category: Eco-theology, systematic theology 
Read for free: PDF

About (From the publisher)
Based on the Duffy Lectures, an annual lecture series at Boston College, this book explores the concept of "Deep Incarnation," a way of making connections between incarnation and the whole of creation. Author Denis Edwards, who was an international authority on the dialogue between science and faith, draws upon the work of Niels Gregersen, Elizabeth Johnson, and others to address this question: "What relationship is there between the wider natural world -- the world of galaxies and stars, mountains and seas, bacteria, plants and animals -- and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?"

Eco Theology coverEco-theology
Author:
Celia Deane-Drummond
Publisher: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Ecotheology and systematic theology
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Deane-Drummond provides a comprehensive survey of the myriad forms of environmental theology, including biblical, Christological, theodicial, eschatological, and justice-oriented approaches to the field. Focusing not on ethical or spiritual concerns but rather upon the Christian engagement with contemporary environmental issues, the author also provides critical explorations of global responses to eco-theological debates.

About (From the publisher)
Concern for the environment has developed and intensified over the last decades to the point where it now dominates much of our contemporary political landscape and culture. The rise of religious environmentalism in particular adds its own distinctive voice to the debate, for it seeks to trace both the malaise and a potential solution to environmental understanding. In Eco Theology, Celia Deane-Drummond offers a comprehensive resource book for this burgeoning field of enquiry that highlights and seeks to evaluate the merits or otherwise contemporary eco theologies. She introduces the reader to critical debates, tracing trends from around the globe and key theological responses, and encourages reflection and analysis through further reading sections at the end of each chapter and questions for discussion. It will prove an essential guide for students and general readers with a serious interest in the topic.

 

Creation in crisis coverCreation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology
Author:
Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam
Publisher: Orbis Books, 2014
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Environmental Ethics; Transdisciplinary Integral Ecology
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This book offers a background to the arguments of Laudato Si’. It depicts with scientific detail and data collection the state of our common home and argues why and how the crisis of ecological and social systems have human and anthropological roots.

About (From the publisher)
Are Christians fulfilling the stewardship commandment of Genesis to care for God's household? When we speak of the "environmental crisis" facing the planet, we reduce the coming catastrophe to a physical problem. In Creation in Crisis, Joshtrom Kureethadam seeks to extend the current understanding of what is truly an ecological crisis to include ethical and spiritual perspectives, arguing that the crisis is not merely an environmental problem, but is truly 'eco-logical' (a discourse about our common home - oikos) in nature. In its careful incorporation of the latest science around issues such as environmental degradation, pollution, climate change, and food production, this book also enters into dialogue with various disciplines in understanding the contemporary ecological crisis. Creation in Crisis offers a depth of vision that yields up profound insights about our present milieu and the future of our common home.

 

Bible and ecology coverBible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation
Author:
Richard Bauckham
Publisher: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Biblical ecology and ecological hermeneutics
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Bauckham argues that the Bible exhibits the notion that all creatures are interconnected and are moreover related in their common dependence upon God. Further, he writes that modern exegetes must expand the biblical interpretation of humans’ role in the world beyond the outmoded themes of “dominion” and “stewardship.” Bauckham develops his argument over five chapters, each focusing on a different set of Biblical passages, encompassing the Pentateuch, the Psalms and the Prophets, Job, and the New Testament.

For a short book review, see here

 

Denis Edwards coverEcology at the Heart of Faith
Author:
Denis Edwards
Publisher: Orbis Books, 2006
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Eco-theology and systematic theology
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Edwards argues that the heart of faith can be found in the ecological communion that pervades all life in the cosmos. Writing from a Catholic perspective, he aims not to bypass central theological claims of the Christian faith, but to deepen them by arguing that the Christian heritage is profoundly connected to creation

About (From the publisher)
Beginning with the words, "One of the gifts we have received from the twentieth century is a picture of Earth as our shared home," Denis Edwards helps the general reader, the preacher, the spiritual director, the student and the theologian tear down the walls that too often separate mysticism, theology, prophecy, poetry, and science. In a world born of the "big bang," Edwards shows that humanity and the world are together being made into the image of God. The heart of faith is an ecological communion holds together and grows in love toward the fullness of life imaged in the Resurrection of Jesus.

 

Castillo coverAn Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology
Author:
Daniel Patrick Castillo
Publisher: Orbis Books, 2019
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Category: Ecotheology and systematic theology; Transdisciplinary integral ecology
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About (From the publisher)
What is the relationship between salvation, human liberation, and care for creation? To answer this question Daniel Castillo expands on the ideas presented in Gustavo Gutiérrez’s classic work A Theology of Liberation and proposes a novel concept: green liberation theology. In this compelling and original work Castillo places Gutiérrez in dialogue with a diverse array of theological, ecological, and socio-scientific discourses, drawing upon the work of Jon Sobrino, Willie James Jennings, Walter Brueggemann, Ellen Davis, and others, paying special attention to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.

 

Theology and Ecology coverTheology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home
Editors:
Celia Deane-Drummond, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser
Publisher: T&T Clark, 2018
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Advanced
Category: Ecotheology and systematic theology; Transdisciplinary integral ecology
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Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines draws from a variety of academic disciplines and positions in order to explore the role and nature of environmental responsibility, especially where such themes intersect with religious or theological viewpoints. This volume provides a multidisciplinary point of departure for urgent conversations on environmental responsibility that resist simplistic solutions. Rather, the contributors highlight the complex nature of modern ecology, and suggest creative ways forward in the situation of an apparently intractable global problem.

About (From the publisher)
The threat of ecological collapse is increasingly becoming a reality for the world's populations, both human and nonhuman; addressing this global challenge requires enormous cultural creativity and demands a diversity of perspectives, especially from the humanities. Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines draws from a variety of academic disciplines and positions in order to explore the role and nature of environmental responsibility, especially where such themes intersect with religious or theological viewpoints.

Covering disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, politics, peace studies, economics, women's studies, and the ecological sciences as well as systematic and moral theology, the contributors emphasize how these positions have begun to develop distinct perspectives on urgent ecological issues, as well as pointing toward specific practices at the local and international level. This volume provides a multidisciplinary point of departure for urgent conversations on environmental responsibility that resist simplistic solutions. Rather, the contributors highlight the complex nature of modern ecology, and suggest creative ways forward in the situation of an apparently intractable global problem.

 

Conradie coverChristian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology
Authors:
E.M. Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond, Denis Edwards
Publisher: T&T Clark, 2014
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Advanced
Category: Ecotheology and systematic theology
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Each of the essays in this volume explores one of the core Christian symbols, seeks to capture the current state of the debate in this regard, identifies emerging horizons for such an ecological reformation and invites conversation on the road ahead. The book includes essays on the Trinity, Christology, pneumatology, creation, anthropology, natural suffering, providence, sin and salvation, the nature, governance, ministries and missions of the church, eschatological consummation, a Christian ethos, the role of liturgy, religious plurality and underlying methodological problems. The volume captures insights emerging from a collaborative research project on 'Christian Faith and the Earth' in which more than one hundred leading ecotheologians from six continents participated since 2007.

About (From the publisher)
Christianity has often been accused for being complicit in ecological destruction. In response, Christian ecotheology offers both a Christian critique of environmental destruction and an ecological critique of Christianity. It thus encourages an ecological reformation of the Christian tradition for the sake of the whole earth. This volume focuses such a dual critique on the content and significance of the Christian faith in order to confront those aspects that may undermine an environmental praxis, ethos and spirituality. Each of the essays explores one of the core Christian symbols, seeks to capture the current state of the debate in this regard, identifies emerging horizons for such an ecological reformation and invites conversation on the road ahead.

This volume includes essays on the Trinity, Christology, pneumatology, creation, anthropology, natural suffering, providence, sin and salvation, the nature, governance, ministries and missions of the church, eschatological consummation, a Christian ethos, the role of liturgy, religious plurality and underlying methodological problems. It thus complements several other discourses in ecotheology on biblical hermeneutics, a retrieval of particular traditions, environmental ethics, animal studies, ecclesial praxis, Christian missions and religion and ecology.

The volume captures insights emerging from a collaborative research project on 'Christian Faith and the Earth' in which more than one hundred leading ecotheologians from six continents participated since 2007. It builds on the culminating conference of this project held in Cape Town in August 2012. It extends the conversation on the road ahead through inputs from contributing authors and various respondents.

 

Age of sustainability coverThe Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World
Author:
Mark Swilling
Publisher: Routledge, 2019
Funded by: LSRI-UND-GEJP
Reading Level: Intermediate
Category:Transdisciplinary integral ecology
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About (From the publisher)
With transitions to more sustainable ways of living already underway, this book examines how we understand the underlying dynamics of the transitions that are unfolding. Without this understanding, we enter the future in a state of informed bewilderment.

Every day we are bombarded by reports about ecosystem breakdown, social conflict, economic stagnation and a crisis of identity. There is mounting evidence that deeper transitions are underway that suggest we may be entering another period of great transformation equal in significance to the agricultural revolution some 13,000 years ago or the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago. This book helps readers make sense of our global crisis and the dynamics of transition that could result in a shift from the industrial epoch that we live in now to a more sustainable and equitable age. The global renewable energy transition that is already underway holds the key to the wider just transition. However, the evolutionary potential of the present also manifests in the mushrooming of ecocultures, new urban visions, sustainability-oriented developmental states and new ways of learning and researching.

Shedding light on the highly complex challenge of a sustainable and just transition, this book is essential reading for anyone concerned with establishing a more sustainable and equitable world. Ultimately, this is a book about hope but without easy answers.

 

Berry coverThe Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth
Authors:
Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
Publisher: New York: Orbis Book, 2011
Funded by: The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
Reading Level: Entry
Category: Ecotheology and systematic theology
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This title collects Berry’s signature views on the interconnectedness of both Earth’s future and the Christian future. He ponders why Christians have been late in coming to the issue of the environment.

About (From the publisher)
Thomas Berry, a prophetic voice on the environmental crisis for many years, calls on Christians to respond to this global crisis with utmost urgency and with a unified sense of the sacred community of life. These essays represent the most comprehensive reflections of Thomas Berry on the role of Christianity in our times. Berry challenges Christians to respond to the growing environmental crisis. He asks boldly why Christians have not been more consistently concerned about the destruction of ecosystems, the loss of species, and the fate of future generations. In powerful and poetic language he presents a compelling vision of the sacredness of the universe and the interrelatedness of the Earth community. Drawing on Thomas Aquinas and Teilhard de Chardin he brings the Christian tradition into a cosmology of care for the whole of creation. There is no other Christian thinker who, over so many years, has raised such a prophetic voice regarding Earth’s destruction and the urgent need for human response. These essays are Berry’s signature statement on the interconnectedness of both Earth’s future and the Christian future. Berry calls for both Christian theology and liturgy to open up for reflection on this issue. He makes important correlations between some of his key ecological insights and Christian doctrine, such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, and Christology. He observes that some ecological movements are emerging within Christian communities, especially among religious women. The epilogue is his signature statement on the comprehensive new role of the human in responding to the environmental challenge.

 

Existing Open Access Books

The Great Transition Guide: Principles for a Transformative EducationBook cover
Edited by:
Cécile Renouard, Rémi Beau, Christophe Goupil, Christian Koenig

Publisher: LLL, 2019
Read and download the PDF for free online here.

This book is an abridged version of Le Manuel de la Grande Transition: Former pour Transformer, published by LLL (Les Liens qui Libèrent) in October 2019. It was translated from French by Josie Dyster, and its references have been adapted for an English-speaking audience by Séverine Deneulin (LSRI) and Emeline Baudet (Campus de la Transition).
This book is intended to be a start-up resource for curriculum transformation towards the Great Transition. It is to be used as a kind of ‘ground zero’ for universities and programmes to adapt and build upon. The guide is composed of six chapters, called ‘gates’, which can be read in any order. Each reading path corresponds to a way of approaching the ecological transition, from identifying the scientific, factual or ethical issues, to guidance for concrete action.
The aim of the book is to present the intellectual and practical resources necessary to build a community of change-makers, both at individual and collective levels. It aims to lay the groundwork for a transformative education for each reader, to be supplemented by their own experience.
As the coming transitions will need to be holistic, the book has an interdisciplinary focus. It is designed as a concrete tool to build a foundation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the ecological and social transition
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Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and EcologyBook image
Edited by: Caesar A. Montevecchio, Gerard F. Powers
Publisher: Routledge, 2022
Read and download the PDF for free online here.

About (from the publisher)
This book explores the role of Catholic peacebuilding in addressing the global mining industry. Mining is intimately linked to issues of conflict, human rights, sustainable development, governance, and environmental justice. As an institution of signicant scope and scale with a large network of actors at all levels and substantial theoretical and ethical resources, the Catholic Church is well positioned to acknowledge the essential role of mining, while challenging unethical and harmful practices, and promoting integral peace, development, and ecology. Drawing together theology, ethics, and praxis, the volume reflects the diversity of Catholic action on mining and the importance of an integrated approach. It includes contributions by an international and inter- disciplinary range of scholars and practitioners. They examine Catholic action on mining in El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Philippines. They also address general issues of corporate social responsibility, human rights, development, ecology, and peacebuilding. The book will be of interest to scholars of theology, social ethics, and Catholic studies as well as those specializing in development, ecology, human rights, and peace studies.

Faith after the Anthropocene
Faith after the anthropoceneEdited by: Matthew Wickman and Jacob Sherman
Publisher: MDPI Books, 2020
Read and download the PDF for free online here.

Recent decades have brought to light the staggering ubiquity of human activity upon Earth and the startling fragility of our planet and its life systems. This is so momentous that many scientists and scholars now argue that we have left the relative climactic stability of the Holocene and have entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. This emerging epoch may prompt us not only to reconsider our understanding of Earth systems, but also to reimagine ourselves and what it means to be human. How does the Earth's precarious state reveal our own? How does this vulnerable condition prompt new ways of thinking and being? The essays that are part of this collection consider how the transformative thinking demanded by our vulnerability inspires us to reconceive our place in the cosmos, alongside each other and, potentially, before God. Who are we "after" (the concept of) the Anthropocene? What forms of thought and structures of feeling might attend us in this state? How might we determine our values and to what do we orient our hopes? Faith, a conceptual apparatus for engaging the unseen, helps us weigh the implications of this massive, but in some ways, mysterious, force on the lives we lead; faith helps us visualize what it means to exist in this new and still emergent reality.

Standing up for Sustainable WorldStanding up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change
Edited by: Claude Henry, Johan Rockström and Nicholas Stern
Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2020
Read this for free as a PDF here. Hardback and paperback copies can be purchased here

The world has witnessed extraordinary economic growth, poverty reduction and increased life expectancy and population since the end of WWII, but it has occurred at the expense of undermining life support systems on Earth and subjecting future generations to the real risk of destabilising the planet. This timely book exposes and explores this colossal environmental cost and the dangerous position the world is now in. Standing up for a Sustainable World is written by and about key individuals who have not only understood the threats to our planet, but also become witness to them and confronted them.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing
Edited by: Sam Mickey, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John GrimBanner
Publisher: Open Book Publishers, 2020
Read this free online open source book here.
Watch interviews with the editors and contributors and learn more here.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing is a celebration of the diversity of ways in which humans can relate to the world around them, and an invitation to its readers to partake in planetary coexistence. This interdisciplinary anthology of essays brings together scholars, writers and educators across the sciences and humanities, in a collaborative effort to illuminate the different ways of being in the world and the different kinds of knowledge they entail – from the ecological knowledge of Indigenous communities, to the scientific knowledge of a biologist and the embodied knowledge communicated through storytelling.

This anthology examines the interplay between nature and culture in the setting of our current age of ecological crisis, stressing the importance of addressing these ecological crises occurring around the planet through multiple perspectives. These perspectives are exemplified through diverse case studies – from the political and ethical implications of thinking with forests, to the capacity of storytelling to motivate action, to the worldview of the indigenous Okanagan community in British Columbia.

Christianity and Ecological Theology: Resources for Further ResearchBanner
Author: Ernst Conradie
Publisher: Sun Press, 2006
Read this for free as a PDF here or on Google books. Paperback can be purchased from African Sun Media.

While several years old, Ernst Conradie’s book still provides an excellent resource for postgraduate research in the field of Christianity and ecological theology. It includes a guide for further research, a bibliography with over 5000 entries, and an index to the bibliography.  The aim of the guide for further research is to offer a brief orientation and a critical review of the literature, to provide a “map” to organize various aspects of the debates, to reflect on the relevance of these debates for the South African context, and more specifically, to stimulate, facilitate and direct further research in the field of Christianity and ecological theology.

Rivers of the Anthropocene
Rivers of anthropoceneEdited by: Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino, Helen Berry, James Syvitski, Michel Meybeck
Publisher: University of California Press, 2017
Available for free online, and as Epub, Mobi and PDF here.

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policymakers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch of humans’ own making. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines—from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy— this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

Kairos for Creation: Confessing Hope for the Earth
Edited by: Louk Andrianos, Michael Biehl, Ruth GütteBannerr,
Jochen Motte, Andar Parlindungan, Thomas Sandner, Juliane Stork and Dietrich Werner.
Publisher: Foedus Verlag, 2019
Available for free as a PDF from the United Evangelical Mission here. Paperback can be ordered from Foedus Verlag. 

This publication includes an enriching range of contributions given at an international and ecumenical conference on eco-theology, ethics of sustainability and eco-friendly churches which took place in June 2019 in Wuppertal/Germany, organized jointly by Bread for the World, the Protestant Association of Churches and Mission (EMW), the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), United Evangelical Mission (UEM) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). 

At the end of the conference the participants adopted the “Wuppertal Call: Kairos for creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth” which recommends to the World Council of Churches (WCC) to declare a “Decade for the Healing of Creation”.

Art, Religion, and the EnvironmentBook image
Edited by: Sigurd Bergmann, Forrest J. Clingerman
Publisher: Brill 2018

About (from the publisher)
Humans have been described as “meaning-making animals.” At the threshold of the Anthropocene, how might humans artistically envision their place in the world? Do humans possess cultural tools, which will allow us to imagine new possibilities and relationships with the natural environment at a time when our material surroundings are under siege?
Exploring Nature’s Texture looks at the imaginative possibilities of using the visual arts to address the breakdown of the human relationship with the environment. Bringing together contributions from artists, theologians, anthropologists and philosophers, it investigates the arts as a bridge between culture and nature, as well as between the human and more-than-human world.

Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition: Towards an Integral EcologyBook image
Author: Séverine Deneulin
Publisher: Routledge 2021
Available to read and download for free here

About (from the publisher)

This book brings development theory and practice into dialogue with a religious tradition in order to construct a new, transdisciplinary vision of development with integral ecology at its heart.

It focuses on the Catholic social tradition and its conception of integral human development, on the one hand, and on the works of economist and philosopher Amartya Sen which underpin the human development approach, on the other. The book discusses how these two perspectives can mutually enrich each other around three areas: their views on the concept and meaning of development and progress; their understanding of what it is to be human – that is, their anthropological vision; and their analysis of transformational pathways for addressing social and environmental degradation. It also examines how both human development and the Catholic social tradition can function as complementary analytical lenses and mobilizing frames for embarking on the journey of structural and personal transformation to bring all life systems, human and non-human, back into balance.

This book is written for researchers and students in development studies, theology, and religious studies, as well as professional audiences in development organizations.

Hidden Depths: The Origins of Human Connectioncover
Author: Penny Spikins
Publisher: White Rose University Press, 2022
Available to read and download for free here

About (from the publisher)

In Hidden Depths, Professor Penny Spikins explores how our emotional connections have shaped human ancestry.
Focusing on three key transitions in human origins, Professor Spikins explains how the emotional capacities of our early ancestors evolved in response to ecological changes, much like similar changes in other social mammals. For each transition, dedicated chapters examine evolutionary pressures, responses in changes in human emotional capacities and the archaeological evidence for human social behaviours. More...

Introductory Texts

Healing EarthHealing Earth banner
Edited by: Nancy C. Tuchman and Michael Schuck
Publisher: International Jesuit Ecology Project, Loyola University, 2016

Healing Earth is a free, online environmental science textbook for upper level secondary school students, beginning college students, and adult learners. Healing Earth presents an integral, global, and living approach to the ecological challenges we face on our extraordinary planet: scientific knowledge is joined by ethical analysis, spiritual reflection, and a call to action; its content, examples, and lessons are drawn from different cultures and regions around the world, and its users are members of these diverse communities; and Healing Earth is continually adjusted in light of data updates and user feedback. The overall goal of Healing Earth is to help all of us grow into integral ecologists, people from every walk of life and region of the world who dare to imagine a healed Earth and are willing to put their hands, hearts, and minds to the task. 

Open Access Reports

Climate Change and LandClimate Change and Land Banner
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2019

An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. An excellent resource for understanding the current state of knowledge about the use of land and observed climate change.

Towards New HorizonsTowards New Horizons banner
Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania 2020 Report

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania report monitors five environmental issues affecting the wellbeing of Oceania: extreme weather, rising seas and coastal erosion, access to safe local food and water, offshore mining and drilling, and climate finance. It provides valuable insights about the changing ecology of the region, and assessments of human contributions to, and responses to, these changes. The report is a collaborative project by Caritas Oceania, part of the Caritas Internationalis network of over 160 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies, working to end poverty, promote justice and restore dignity to all. 

Open access research and knowledge platforms

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology 

An excellent hub for exploring the intersection between religion and ecology. Includes review essays and bibliographies on the approaches of many major religions to ecology, as well as links to a wealth of resources, a wide number of which are available open access. Includes a whole section dedicated to Laudato Si’.  

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