“I have a dream” is perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable speeches of the twentieth century, but apart from that I’ve known little about Martin Luther King. So I was delighted to discover he was an ecological thinker. Ahead of his time? or revealing universal truths?
Along with his well-known worldview of prophetic Christianity, interconnection and interdependence were central to his thinking, and consistent themes in his rhetoric. King saw reality as an interlacing network of relationships, viewed the nations and peoples of the planet as one, and linked various social injustices, saying, “All of these problems are tied together.” “One cannot be concerned just with civil rights. It is very nice to drink milk at an unsegregated lunch counter—but not when there’s Strontium 90 in it.”