Kathleen Dean Moore

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Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher, environmental advocate, and writer.

As Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, Moore lectured in environmental ethics and philosophy of law. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the planet led her to leave the university to speak out in defense of the lovely, reeling world.

Her most recent book, Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change follows Moral Ground, testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligation to the future. Other books celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, Wild Comfort, and Piano Tide, a novel. Her current work Her newest work is a music/spoken-word performance with pianist Rachelle McCabe, about the moral urgency of the global extinction crisis.

Notable works, coverage and accomplishments

  • Great Tide Rising is listed as one of thirteen climate grief-healing books in the article, See Something, Learn Something, Do Something: A Care Package for Climate Grief, by Mary Annaïse Heglar.
  • The respected philosophy journal, Environmental Ethics, recommends Piano Tide for environmental ethics and environmental literature courses. Click here to read the review.
  • Witness: Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change, co-authored by Tom Kerns (eds). (Under review).
  • Madrigal, edited by Bjorn Berge. Invisible Lands. (Forthcoming).
  • ENUMERATION: Twelve-heartbreaking sounds that will remain when there is no heart to break for them. Orion. (Forthcoming, Spring 2019).
  • Equal parts anger and love (a posthumous interview with Edward Abbey). Earth Island Journal. (Forthcoming, Spring 2019).
  • Why we won’t quit the climate fight, co-authored by Sueellen Campbell. Earth Island Journal. 2019.
  • 6 essential texts of climate change written by women, by Sarah Boon. Literary Hub. 2019.
  • The climate defender’s calendar: The twelve-year plan. Kathleen Dean Moore’s Blog. 2018.
  • We are the Spotters. Kathleen Dean Moore’s Blog. 2018.
  • Be the Hummingbird. Be the Bear. Earth Island Journal. 2018.
  • Does Fracking Violate Human Rights: The World in Our Hands. Center for Humans and Nature.
  • One Good Turn: What are virtues in a time of runaway global warming? What are crimes? Orion. 2017.