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World Religions and Clean Water Laws

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Ogden, Daryl Fisher; Saxer, Shelley Ross
Journal: Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum
Volume: 17
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2569
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Subject(s): water management
ritual and religion
Abstract: "Religion could help save the ecology of our planet. Religious values are core to many people in this world and we must speak it is to this core that we must speak to realize the radical ethical changes required to save our planet. Laws designed to prevent environmental degradation must be crafted and implemented with recognition that, in the face of scientific uncertainty, religious values play an important role along side the traditional cost-benefit analysis, typically claimed to constitute rational decision-making. In this article, we have chosen to examine the religious path to an environmental ethic in order to offer a framework that raises ethical issues and expects ethical conduct. We hope that religious principles will serve as one foundation stonea stepping stone in bridging the gap between human-centered utilitarianism and the environmental moralist approach"

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