Hospitable Planet

Faith, Action, and Climate Change

Stephen A. Jurovics

Mar/2016, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819232533



  • Environmental professional with a strong grounding in the Old Testament
  • Approaches environmental issues from both scientific and faith perspectives
  • Addresses a growing concern for earth among people of faith

The book seeks to enroll a hitherto under-represented, though large and influential, portion of the U.S. population in addressing climate change: committed American Christians, of all denominations.

Most books about climate change that include a religious argument do not address what individuals can do to help our society transform from fossil fuel use, other than changing personal behavior—and readers suspect that will likely not suffice. Thus, some readers are left feeling disheartened. In contrast, books that primarily address the environmental issues have limited appeal to people motivated more by faith than science, thereby leaving out many who could constitute the tipping point for full American engagement on the issue. Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change, seeks to fill the gap in religious and secular texts by providing both a compelling biblical case for action on climate change and by identifying substantive measures to mitigate climate change and how to achieve their implementation.

The book describes quite clearly what actions to undertake, how to accomplish them, and why this course of action can attain its objectives. The book lists the major steps needed to slow climate change, drawn primarily from writings of James Hansen and Amory Lovins that, regrettably, do not reach a general audience. In addition, the book recommends an environmental rights movement, akin to the civil rights movement, as a way to implement the recommended actions.

More about Hospitable Planet on the website http://hospitableplanet.com

Audience: Environmentalists; those interested in learning why climate change is a religious, as well as an environmental, issue; congregations ready to take a more active role in lessening their carbon footprint

Read the first chapter

Stephen A. Jurovics holds BS and MS degrees from Columbia University and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has had about 20 technical papers published over the years and given numerous presentations at professional conferences. Aspects of climate change mitigation have been the focus of his engineering work for more than two decades.

The increasing severity of environmental problems led him, out of spiritual curiosity, to research the environmental teachings in Genesis-Deuteronomy, what Jesus called "the law" in English translations, particularly exploring whether they contained instructions relevant to contemporary issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biological diversity, treatment of the land, and sustainability. The abundance of applicable teachings, and a desire to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, motivated him to write this book.

Having a hard time with the idea that human beings were created to "subdue and have dominion" over this planet? Jurovics brings together religious and scientific perspectives, offering an accessible theology of caring for creation in ways that demonstrate love of God and neighbor. Read and act on his concrete and urgent plan for an Environmental Rights Movement.
— Katharine Jefferts Schori,
26th Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

Churches can massively reduce their impact on God's good earth if they understand the Bible's
mandate to care for creation and develop practical skills to decrease their energy use. This book hit the target directly on both counts.
— Fletcher Harper
Executive Director, GreenFaith

Stephen Jurovics' is an important work of witness: faith and connection to God should lead us to save and heal our planet from a looming environmental catastrophe. Based primarily on the Five Books of Moses, sacred to both Christians and Jews, this book is written with passion, wisdom and intelligence. The author's sensitivity enables him to speak movingly to people of faith, offering a handbook on the Bible's greatest mandate for mortal existence—to choose life for the earth (which is the Lord's) and all its inhabitants.
— Rabbi Irving (yitz) Greenberg, author
For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: the New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity

As a pastor for 30 years, a psychologist, and a civil rights activist for 55 years I am convinced that Hospitable Planet has provided a powerful objective strategy for why we all must work together (i.e. science, faith, business, politicians, community folks) to ensure that climate change, global warming, and environmental justice are the civil rights issues for this century. Read this book. Share its message.
NOW—GET INVOLVED!! We CAN and MUST make the difference!!
— Gerald Durley
Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

The Bible that Christians and Jews hold sacred places numerous limitations upon our behavior toward the natural world, meaning that we have been treating the environment in ways that damage our personal relationship to the divine,” he writes. “Christians and Jews who care about that relationship may seek to change personal behavior and find motivation to influence national policies.

Click For a Book Preview



  • Science
  • Environment
  • Change

You May Also Like

Gospel in the Global Village

Katharine Jefferts Schori$19.95

Harvesting Abundance

Brian Sellers-Petersen$18.95

Faithful Neighbors

Edited by Robert S. Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes$22.95

Out of Darkness, Into Light

Jamal Rahman, Kathleen Schmit Elias, and Ann Holmes Redding$26.95

Faith in the Neighborhood

Lucinda Mosher$19.95

Saint Francis and the Sultan

Kristen Agudelo$5.95

Embracing Interfaith Cooperation - Workbook

Eboo Patel with Tim Scorer$13.95