Conservatism and Climate Change

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Interesting article by Bill McKibben in the latest issue of Orion on conservatives and climate change. McKibben notes the distinct difference between conservatism in its traditional form and libertarianism. He draws out the implications for the climate change debate.

McKibben writes: “I’m not a libertarian, because I think they’ve conflated ‘human nature’—their sense of the individual über alles—with the effects of the last couple hundred years of consumer society. I think humans are at their best when they’re social creatures; that’s why I’m a Methodist, not a Randian.”

Fascinating piece with implications, I think, beyond environmental ethics, whatever one might think of the climate change debate.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.