Oregon State University



Event Details

workshop with Kathleen Dean Moore and Libby Roderick

"Keep on Strong Heart"--Moral Power in the Climate Fight,

Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM



Climate change is a moral issue. It's wrong to wreck the planet. It's wrong to reap huge profits by bringing down the life-supporting systems of the planet. Climate change is a massive human rights violation, a failure of reverence for life, and a betrayal of the children. It calls people of conscience to immediate action.

But we often don't act, because we are uncertain about the moral complexities of the situation and doubtful of our own moral authority. Just as people hold back when they are confused about the facts - a hesitation that climate deniers skillfully exploit - people don't act when they are confused about the ethics.

This is a workshop that clears away the moral confusion that prevents us from speaking on climate change. It provides answers to disempowering questions like these:
How can I criticize the fossil fuel industry when I drive a car (fly in planes, heat with oil, whatever)?
Does the duty of compassion block me from moral outrage or prevent me from criticizing fossil fuel executives?
How can I pay attention to climate change when my brother is in jail (or war is raging in Syria, or police are shooting unarmed Black men -- name your injustice)?
Do you have to be religious to be ethical?
Is there any moral call to act if the situation is hopeless?
The three-hour workshop uses discussion, role-playing, case studies, and music to build logical clarity and moral courage for the fight against climate catastrophe.

Workshop leaders: Kathleen Dean Moore is a moral philosopher, writer, and climate advocate, co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril and author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change. Libby Roderick works at the University of Alaska on issues related to difficult dialogues, sustainability, and climate change. She is co-editor of Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues, as well as an internationally recognized singer/songwriter and recording artist.
Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, and the  Climate Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
2945 NW Circle Blvd.
Charles Goodrich
1 541 737 6198
charles.goodrich at oregonstate.edu
Philosophy Department