The Ethics of Species Conservation

Rapid ecological change, and climate change in particular, poses challenges to traditional conservation paradigms and strategies. It has also led some conservationists to endorse novel conservation techniques, such as assisted colonization, gene drives and even de-extinction. This talk will explore the values and philosophies that underlie species conservation under conditions of rapid change. It will ask us to think about what is valuable about species and why we ought to try to conserve them. Ronald Sandler is the author of the following books: Environmental Ethics (2017, Oxford University Press), Food Ethics (2014, Routledge), The Ethics of Species (2012, Cambridge University Press), Ethics and Emerging Technologies (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), and Character and Environment (2007, Columbia University Press).

Flow Through with Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble

Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble will perform “Flow Through”, Finkelmeier’s 15 minute composition for large ensemble to be played in an outdoor setting. Featuring thirty performers (brass players, singers, and percussionists), the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms. The musicians will mingle their music with Nakaya’s fog as both descend the hillside and flow among the trees and the audience

Volunteer Open House at the Arnold Arboretum: Share Nature with Children!

Share nature with children!  The Arnold Arboretum is recruiting volunteers to lead life science programs for Boston school groups. Fall training starts on August 30. Attend an open house on August 2 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  Come to the Visitor Center at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain 02130 from 10-11am.  If you are friendly, enjoy the outdoors, and have some teaching experience, we want to talk to you!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Attend an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance travels through the Arnold Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above.

Summer Solstice Ceremony

As we approach the summer solstice, how do we relate to the rhythms of morning and night, the seasons, the way that heat and cold and rain and dryness affect our bodies and spirits? How is the Earth dreaming and speaking to each of us? How can we bring more awareness to our relationship and connection with the Earth? What might we hear? Observe?