ERIC Number: EJ955553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Salmon Restoration in the Lower Columbia Basin: A Scientific and Theological Analysis
Butkus, Russell A.; Kolmes, Steven A.
Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, v24 n1 p69-94 Sum 2004
The scope and magnitude of our planet's environmental crisis is a sobering reality confronting humanity with the daunting and complex nature of ecological degradation and restoration. The macrocosmic nature of this crisis has not left a species, ecosystem, biome or human society untouched. Moreover, as humanity struggles to gain its bearings at the crossroads of hope, we have become aware that the environmental crisis has impacted nearly every human discipline--from art to zoology--of the post-modern era. The complexity of ecological dynamics provides compelling evidence that this complex problem will require novel collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to the production of knowledge, the search for creative solutions and the necessary ethical horizon in the effort to achieve ecological restoration and planetary sustainability. To that end this article proposes a significant role for the creative partnership between science and theology as applied to the microcosmic case study of restoring salmon and steelhead populations in the Lower Columbia River Basin of the Pacific Northwest. Readers should bear in mind that the current status of salmon recover efforts in the Pacific Northwest is a dynamic ongoing process. Consequently, this article is of necessity a snapshot view taken at a moment in time.
Descriptors: Animals, Ecology, Conservation (Environment), Earth Science, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies
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