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Larry L. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001

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The World We Have

The World We Have

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(p.43) 2 The World We Have
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Earth-honoring Faith
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Larry L. Rasmussen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0002

This chapter describes the change in nature at human hands and the changed human relationship to nature in the Anthropocene Age. It does so by citing the global trends reported by scientists surveying developments since the onset of the Industrial Revolution; and by giving special attention to the “screeching acceleration” of the economy and population after World War II. It concludes with the necessity of a different way of life and what James Baldwin called new “first works.”

Keywords:   global trends, the industrial-technological paradigm, population, economy, eco-modernity, transitions, first works

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