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Noah and the Ethics of Environmentalism

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Publication Date: November 1981

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Eric I. B. Beller

Series: Sh'ma (12/221) and CLAL Encore Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Environment (Pollution and environmental degradation)

Keywords: Jewish Values; Environment; Jewish Text; Future

Type: Other

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The author aims to prove that environmentalism and religion are not mutually exclusive. He draws on the biblical story of Noah's Ark to advocate a form of conservationism that is rooted in theology. Just as Noah was obligated to preserve all life as if it were his own due to the knowledge of impending doom, the author asks his readers to do the same.