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A Climate of Justice: An Ethical Foundation for Environmentalism


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  • A comprehensive look at environmentalism within a context of general ethical concerns

  • Sets the Environmental Movement at the center of social and political philosophy

  • Connects environmental ethics to broader normative issues that are pervasive, such as social justice

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: Library of Public Policy and Public Administration (LPPP, volume 16)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction: Three Kinds of Engagement

    • Marvin T. Brown
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. The Interpretative Framework

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. The Earth

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 17-30Open Access
    3. Our Humanity

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 31-44Open Access
    4. The Social

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 45-62Open Access
    5. The Civic

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 63-77Open Access
  4. Telling “Telling” Stories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 79-79
    2. White Compromises and American Prosperity

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 81-94Open Access
    3. Reinhold Niebuhr During the Time of the White Compromise

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 95-115Open Access
    4. The Sharecropper’s Story and An Ethics for Environmentalism

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 117-133Open Access
  5. Empowering the Civic

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 135-135
    2. Civilian Empowerment: A Theological Inquiry

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 137-148Open Access
    3. The Citizen’s Role in Creating a Climate of Justice

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 149-161Open Access
    4. An Invitation to Civic Dialogue

      • Marvin T. Brown
      Pages 163-180Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 181-185

About this book

This open access book helps readers combine history, politics, and ethics to address the most pressing problem facing the world today: environmental survival. In A Climate of Justice, Marvin Brown connects the environmental crisis to basic questions of economic, social, and racial justice. Brown shows how our current social climate maintains systemic injustices, and he uncovers resources for change through a civic ethics of repair and reciprocity. A must-read for researchers and educators in the area of environmental ethics and those teaching courses in the fields of public policy and environmental sustainability. 

With the support of more than 30 libraries, the LYRASIS United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund has enabled this publication related to SDG13 (Climate Action) to be available fully open access. 


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  • Neurobiology and Human Dignity
  • Open Access
  • People of the Earth
  • The Earth and Our Humanity
  • The Earth and the Social
  • The Interpretative Framework
  • The Tailwinds of American Prosperity
  • The Western Individual
  • White Compromises and American Prosperity

Authors and Affiliations

  • Climate of Justice Project (, Berkeley, USA

    Marvin T. Brown

About the authors

Marvin T. Brown has been teaching, consulting, and writing in the areas of business and social ethics for 40 years, always exploring the necessary conditions for creative conversation on critical issues. Alongside his teaching at the University of San Francisco and other Bay Area universities, Brown has served as an ethics consultant for various businesses and has been invited to give lectures and workshops in the United States, Germany, Poland, Argentine, Venezuela, Norway, Canada, and China. He has also presented numerous times at the annual meetings of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the Society of Business Ethics, and the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics.

Brown’s writings have evolved from a focus on the work environment (Working Ethics, 1990 and The Ethical Process, 1993), to the organization in society (Corporate Integrity, 2005), to the social economy (Civilizing the Economy, 2010), and more recently, to the social context of environmentalism (A Climate of Justice). His books, and multiple essays, have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Korean, and Chinese. 

In 2019 Marvin Brown received a Lifetime Service Award from the Philosophy Department at the University of San Francisco. He has also received a Faculty Service Award from USF and an Alumni Achievement Award from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Brown has a Ph.D. in Theology and Rhetoric from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, a M.D. in Practical Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a B.A in Religion and Philosophy from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  

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Buying options

Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)