If it seems as though I have been talking about the "Math for Sustainability" project for years, that's because I have. I think it was in 2012 that I first proposed something like it as part of my Fellowship class for GreenFaith.
So it is exciting that in two weeks we should have submitted the "final" version of the book to Springer. "Final" is in quotes here because their readers and copy-editors still have to make their comments on it, and we then have to respond and incorporate them in the TeXscript, but this is a major milestone.
Part of the project is to build a website to support readers of the book, and I'd like to let you all know that is now live at https://math-for-sustainability.com. I encourage you to head over there and take a look!
The very last section of the main text, Section 6.4, is called "After Math". In this section we try to go beyond mathematics and open up the idea that sustainability requires not just numbers, but values: our full ethical engagement. Readers of this blog will know that, for me, such questions need to be viewed through the lens of Christ's presence as the meaning and as the master of creation. I can't go that far in a general textbook, of course; but I can (and I hope we do) challenge readers to discern what it is that they value, and how well those values hold up under the challenges that the Anthropocene epoch is sure to bring.
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