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ERIC Number: EJ881795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Under the Sign of Saint Francis: Catholics, Ethics of Responsibility, and Environmental Education
Salomone, Mario
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v11 n1 p74-87 2006
Catholics increasingly appear to agree with the most passionate defenders of the environment. The ecological problem for Catholics is essentially moral: it comes down to respecting the value of life and the beauty of the cosmos, practicing meekness, and controlling one's desire for dominion. This point was stressed a great deal by John Paul II, who urged for an "ecological conversion" and denounced the "anthropological error" of an arbitrary use of the earth. The human responsibility also translates into educational recommendations and concrete practices: given that modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at lifestyle, an education in ecological responsibility becomes essential and entails a genuine conversion in thought and behaviour. (Contains 2 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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