'How should we respond to the climate crisis and widespread pollution of Earth's shared commons, water and air? And how might we think about human responsibility to other living creatures? We explore the interaction between ecological values, such as sustainability, and the human domination of nature—in other words, what it means for humans to live in right relationship with Earth's life-systems.' Benedict Rattigan
One of our primary objectives is to explore environmental ethics, which is about considering the moral and ethical relationship of human beings to non-human animals and the environment.
Central to this debate is ‘Reverence for Life’ (‘Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben’), a phrase that came to Albert Schweitzer on a boat trip on the Ogooué River in French Equatorial Africa (now Gabon).
Schweitzer’s ethic has applications in many strands of environmental thought, including deep ecology and ecotheology. It suggests that our relationship with nature should evolve from one that values nature solely for its usefulness to human beings, to one that recognises the inherent worth of all living beings, regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs.