Stewardship as a Vocation

  • Kimberly K. Smith
Part of the AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series book series (AESS)


How do your environmental values fit into your life? This chapter explores the idea of environmental stewardship as a vocation, a way to give meaning to our choice of career and lifestyle. It also explains how one’s workplace or school can affect one’s moral development and how one might influence the moral ecologies of these institutions so that they support ethical environmental actions. It concludes by considering how the political arena can be a place to practice stewardship by working to create a society that supports your environmental values.

Further Reading

  1. Berry, W.: The Unsettling of America. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco (1977)Google Scholar
  2. Farrell, J.: The Nature of College. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis (2010)Google Scholar
  3. Huff, C., Barnard, L., Frey, W.: Good computing: a pedagogically focused model of virtue in the practice of computing. Two parts. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. 6(3), 246–248; 6(4), 284–316 (2008)Google Scholar
  4. Rosnick, D., Weisbrot, M.: Are Shorter Work Hours Good for the Environment? Working Paper. Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC (2006)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly K. Smith
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  1. 1.Carleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA

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