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Science Pub

Why It’s Wrong to Wreck the World: Ethics and Climate Change

Monday, March 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Next Science Pub, March 11, 2013

Why It's Wrong to Wreck the World: Ethics and Climate Change

Speaker: Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University

Four reasons why climate change and the accompanying environmental crises are fundamentally moral crises: 1. They are a human rights crisis, as they undermine the systems that support human lives, liberty, and security. 2. They are a crisis of justice, as the hardships caused by the profligate use of fossil fuels come to rest on the shoulders of the poor and voiceless. 3. They are a failure of reverence, causing the extinction of uncounted plants and animals, their beauty and abundance. 4. And climate change is a betrayal of love, as it undermines the hopes of our children and grandchildren.

Four false claims that confound our efforts for climate action: 1. More and better science is what we need most. 2. We have met the enemy and it is us. 3. It is essential to convince climate deniers that climate change is real. 4. The opposite of hope is despair.

Kathleen Dean Moore is co-editor of the award-winning book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (foreword by Desmond Tutu).  Her climate work grows from her experience as an environmental ethics professor and from her practice as a writer, exploring  our moral and spiritual connections to wet, wild places.  Her best known books are Holdfast, Riverwalking, Pine Island Paradox and Wild Comfort. Her next book is Water on Fire, a novel.

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