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 19: Promoting global ethics: the Earth Trusteeship Initiative

Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor


This chapter introduces the Earth Trusteeship Initiative as a vehicle for realizing the ethical demands made in this book. The covenantal approach to overcoming our predicament is indispensable. Covenantal ethics must be the guide for global governance. What exactly this entails will manifest itself in many forms and shapes. The book’s chapters are proof of the fact that ethically informed decision making is needed everywhere and at all levels of governance: at community level, at national level and at the global level. Rooted democratic ecological citizenship is a wellspring for an emergent global polis that demands and supports this transformation.

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