The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance
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The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance

Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel

This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives.
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Chapter 4: From stardust to sacred sands: protecting life on Earth through a human story of ethics, care and the cosmos

Kathryn A. Gwiazdon

Abstract

This chapter examines the story of humanity’s relationship with nature, what it is and what we want it to be. It addresses the gap between reality and ideals by looking at the threats to ethical action - namely money, power and corruption - and the frameworks that foster them. It offers a rooted cosmopolitanism, or cosmopolitan regionalism, as a worldview and a methodology for ethical action. It recognizes the value of the particular and the whole, the place of the particular in the whole and the interdependence and unity in diverse relationships. This perspective also asks humanity to soften, if not realign, its ego and actions, as we are not, and cannot act as if we are, the centre of the universe.

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