If You Care…

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If you care about social justice, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about peace, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about animal welfare, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about human rights, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about racial equality, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about eradicating poverty, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about human health, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about hunger, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about homelessness, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about children, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about women’s rights, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about the rights of LGBTQ persons, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about biodiversity, then do all you can to address climate change

If you care about future generations, then do all you can to address climate change

If we do not do all we can to address climate change; there will be less peace, less social justice, more animal suffering, more threats to human rights, more poverty, less racial equality, lower quality healthcare, more hunger, more homelessness, greater suffering for children, less flourishing for persons who are LGBTQ, fewer opportunities for women, less biodiversity, and greater suffering for future generations of all life.

If you care about climate change, then work for social justice

If you care about climate change, then work for peace

If you care about climate change, then work for well being of all life

If you care about climate change, then work for the rights of all persons

If you care about climate change, then work for racial equality

If you care about climate change, then work for eradicating poverty

If you care about climate change, then work for access for quality healthcare for all persons

If you care about climate change, then work to end hunger

If you care about climate change, then work to end homelessness

If you care about climate change, then work for the well being of children

If you care about climate change, then work for equal rights for women

If you care about climate change, then work for the equal rights of persons who are LGBTQ

If you care about climate change, then work to save the diversity of life on our planet

If you care about climate change, then live in such a way that future generations of all life may flourish

If we do not work for social justice, peace, the well being of all life, the rights of all persons, racial equality, the eradicating of poverty, quality healthcare for all, ending hunger, ending homelessness, the well being of children,  equal rights for women, equal rights for persons who are LGBTQ, preserving biodiversity, and the flourishing of future generations of all life; then the planet we save by addressing climate change will be so diminished in value that it will not be the flourishing home it can be for all life and for ages to come.

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.
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4 Responses to If You Care…

  1. Reblogged this on Aware & Fair and commented:
    It’s all one big ball of wax…! Our wax.

  2. randombytes says:

    the stats for climatic changes are indeed quite alarming..this will create some awareness in society, i think

  3. veganelder says:

    Apologies for commenting so long after this post…I just now ran across your blog. I was looking at your tagged topics and was surprised to not find any mention of veganism there. In this post there are multiple statements about climate change but none about the amount of damage done to the climate by the practice of animal agriculture. Am I overlooking something?

    If so, my apologies, if not…could you write a bit about why?

    Thanks.

    • Veganelder, you are so very correct to point out how the practice of animal agriculture has been horrible for the environment and one of the key factors contributing to climate change. I have mentioned this quite a bit in my classes and some on facebook, but it requires much more attention in my writings on this blog. Thank you for pointing that out to me. Gratefully, Mark.

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