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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, the stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” ― Aldo Leopold

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By Brent Fewell

I never weary of great stories like this one, capitalism at work to improve the human condition and sustain our oceans.  The Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative is the largest philanthropic commitment to internationally reform fisheries management.  This Partnership between Encourage Capital, RARE, and Oceana will help Brazil, Chile and the Philippines sustainably manage their fisheries, enhance food security and strengthen local communities.

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Guest Contributor:  Dan Botkin

Throughout my career as an ecological scientist, I have been fascinated

© Mmgemini | Dreamstime.com - Earth And Sun Photo

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by the connections between the Judeo-Christian religious beliefs and modern environmental science, and have written about this in various scientific articles and several of my books.  So I have been especially intrigued that on June 18 the pope published his Encyclical Letter about climate change.  It is a fascinating combination of many things, some completely contradictory, some I agree with, some I don’t, but with an overall important impact.

One of the intriguing things Pope Francis writes is

When we speak of the ‘environment’, what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live.  We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.  (Encyclical, Paragraph 139).

That people are part of nature, not separate from it, is a point I have emphasized in my writing many times over the years, but has not been a common part of dominant ideas in Western Civilization, which has tended to view people as separate, in a negative way, from nature — a view promoted especially since the beginning of the scientific/industrial age.

The Pope’s Encyclical Letter may seem to many people to be new, novel and unique in the history of religion.  But in fact, as long as people have written in Western civilization, they have written about people and nature from a religious and philosophical perspective.

Pope Francis also writes in his new Encyclical Letter about the character of nature, stating, for example,

Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem. (Para. 35), and

Despite the international agreements which prohibit chemical, bacteriological and biological warfare, the fact is that laboratory research continues to develop new offensive weapons capable of altering the balance of nature. (Para. 57).

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