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Book review: Mere Enviromentalism

Mere Environmentalism, by Steven F. Hayward, is a small book, only 78 pages (including notes), but don’t let that fool you. It contains a simple, yet elegant outline to help Christians chart a course through the otherwise turbulent waters of the modern day environmental movement.

Steven begins at the beginning, Genesis, and shows how Christians have a cleat theological mandate for responsible stewardship of creation. Steven also takes time to show how this simple stewardship goal has been misconstrued and maligned over history by Christianity’s detractors. In particular, debunking the myth that dominion is synonymous with domination.

From here Steven provides a brief survey of the environmental landscape, including a brief overview of the various approaches to environmental issues. He describes these in chapter 3 from utopianism to practical incrementalism. The former, utopianism, being what is often heard today in popular media to the tune of “let’s just leave nature alone”. The latter being a well-reasoned and disciplined, some might even say progressive, use of the resources found in nature, including man himself (meaning men are not seen as interlopers or an environmental disease).

Steven also provides quite a few facts and arguments in the latter half of the book which provide a good foundation for thinking that things aren’t as bad as many claim and that the proposed solutions today may, in fact, be worse than the supposed illnesses we face as a society.

Steven ends the book with a sobering call for Christians from various angles to approach the issue with humility and grace. Humility in acknowledging what we do and do not know and grace for those with whom we disagree.

I hope to use the content in this book to make future discussions with both believers and non-believers more profitable on the subject of how we should interact with the environment.

And now for a couple of videos with Steven:

An Inconvenient Truth… or Convenient Fiction? (Part 1 of 3)

The Environment with Steven Hayward


Whale farming

Apparently the IFAW has the right idea!

Quite a while ago now a friend of mine and I were discussing the subject of nature preservation and wildlife conservation. This was around the time that Japan was in the news again for running over an anti-whaling vessel. During our discussion I made the point that I believed that proper wildlife management takes into account the desires of the free market. In the case of Japan, that market appears to include whale meat. So it would seem that if we really wanted to see the whales protected we should make sure someone is responsible for them.

The best way to make sure something is cared for is to make sure someone owns it.

Instead of telling people not to consume a product at all, a far more responsible and viable response would be to allow private parties to take shares in the remaining population. To farm it. In turn the population of the endangered species will likely thrive because the owners are incentivized to increase their allotment.

A good case study of how this works is the American alligator which thrived after the government allowed private farming.


History of the Climate Agenda

History of the Climate Agenda from FEE on Vimeo.