Environmental concern is nothing new. However, the 20th Century has seen a dramatic increase in such concern. Four major issues, in particular, have become focal points for public anxiety about our impact on the environment. The first to attract public attention was the realisation that, through hunting and the destruction of natural habitats, the human race has been responsible for the extinction of many plant and animal species. Towards the end of the 1950s attention began to be focussed on less obvious forms of human impact on the environment. In particular, people began to be concerned about the effect of industrial and agricultural pollution on the environment. A decade later concern had shifted to the closely related issues of population pressure and resource depletion. More recently still, concern has focussed once more on pollution with fresh evidence of the extent of our impact on the environment, in particular our capacity to modify the climate through the Greenhouse Effect.
Lawrence Osborn has a particular interest in the place of the natural world within Christian theology. His books include Angels of Light? The Challenge of the New Age (1992), Guardians of Creation: Nature in Theology and the Christian life (1993) and Restoring the Vision: The Gospel and Modern Culture (1995).
Published 1990: 60 pages
ISBN: 978 0 946307 33 3
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