Clip: Bill McKibben on Caring for Creation

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Bill Moyers asks author and environmental activist Bill McKibben about the premise of an article McKibben wrote for OnEarth Magazine in 2006, entitled, “Will Evangelicals Help Save The Earth?” McKibben tells Moyers that faith and environmentalism aren’t necessarily at odds; in fact, they should go together.  Hear more of the conversation with McKibben on this weekend’s Moyers & Company.

“More and more and more, people of faith are understanding that the very first thing we were asked to do in the good book is steward creation, safeguard it. And it’s probably the command we’ve done the worst job living up to,” McKibben tells Moyers.

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  • Temus Bejon Maneckshana

    The asked but never answered question (atleast to my satisfaction) before the POTUS, politicians on both sides of the aisle, environmentalists, business leaders, activists is – how do you balance the environmental issues and the much needed jobs especially in rural communities and states? We say we have answers, but do we? We only pretend that we do. Until then, we will keep debating, keep striking, keep getting arrested for civil disobedience etc., etc. …..For we know no more, we know no how, and we know no better.

  • Catherine Kuehl

    Good point. I live in rural Wisconsin, and jobs are at a premium here. Our political climate is hostile to unions, to say the least. Our manufacturing base has shrunk. We need to embrace alternative energy sources, and there are a few such industries. But we need to encourage more.

  • ccaffrey

    This is part of the dilemma everywhere, no? Why do you want to lure corporations you’ll have to fight tooth and nail for pay, benefits, environmental stewardship…I am VERY excited by the work being done by economist Gar Alperovitz and the Democracy Collaborative. He is doing very exciting work on “democratizing wealth” from the ground up through worker-owned businesses, co-operatives (not unfamiliar in rural areas at all) and partnerships with “anchor institutions” (like hospitals, universities etc that won’t be outsourcing jobs.), local economic development corporations, credit unions, public banks. Check out the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland. Although in an urban area, he helped facilitate planning, development and funding for residents of 4 of the most blighted neighborhoods in Cleveland to bring to life VERY successful worker-owned businesses (which have also formed a cooperative to dedicate a percentage of their profits to new start-ups). The hydroponic garden that was created in this process is set to be the largest hydroponic garden in the country by the end of this year, capable of producing 7 million heads of lettuce! Many unions are actually looking at this as a way forward as well. I find the work really exciting and empowering. Mr. Alperowitz latest book, “What Then Must We Do?” has gotten rave reviews from everyone from Noam Chomsky to Daniell Ellsberg! Check out his work. This is sophisticated and well-thought out economics we can make happen!

  • ccaffrey

    Maybe as individuals we may not have all the skills necessary to run our own business, but I bet, among those struggling to find employment, TOGETHER we do!

  • Anonymous

    No point having jobs if your environment is screwed to the point where you can’t grow food. There’s plenty of scope to create jobs that at least don’t damage the planet and plenty more that actively help it. Trouble is those jobs don’t feed the fat cats at big-Ag, big-Oil and big-Anythingelse.