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Au Sable Executive Director, Fred Van Dyke, Contributes to Book on Sustainable Development

Apr 22, 2013

Au Sable Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Fred Van Dyke, has contributed a chapter to a new book on sustainable development  titled, 'Values in Sustainable Development,' soon to be published by Routledge as part of their Studies in Sustainable Development Series.

The book's editor, Jack Appleton, a research fellow at the University of Malaysia Sabah in Borneo, asked Van Dyke to contribute the book’s chapter, “Christianity and Stewardship,” a straightforward explanation of the concept, history, and current work of Christian thought and effort in the area of sustainable development.

Van Dyke notes, “Covering history, theology and current engagement of the Christian community in the work of sustainable development was a lot to handle, but I gladly accepted the assignment when I learned that what I had to offer would be presented by a secular publisher to a primarily secular audience. We often spend too much time in the Christian environmental community talking to ourselves. This effort provides direct engagement of Christian work and thought with the larger community of people working in sustainable development, and a chance to provide an understanding of biblical teachings that speak to problems common to sustainable development efforts. I’m very glad to have been invited to contribute.”

'Values in Sustainable Development' introduces and compares worldviews and values from multiple countries and perspectives, providing a survey of empirical methods available to study environmental values that are affected by sustainable development. Van Dyke's chapter contributes to the second part of the book that examines how values differ across social contexts, religions, and viewpoints, demonstrating how various individuals may value nature from a variety of cultural, social, and religious points of view. All sections provide examples that show how values can motivate, be incorporated into, and form an integral part of sustainable development projects.

The book aims to give researchers, students, and practitioners in sustainable development a wealth of approaches that will help them to explicitly consider, and include, values in their own research. The book is expected for release in August 2013.