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).

Climate Change Legislation: Will Rep. Sánchez Go with Ambitious, or Tepid?

Will the Massachusetts legislature act with boldness to address climate change? As the two-year legislative session comes to a close on July 31st, we will soon find out. As chair of the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, Jamaica Plain Representative Jeffrey Sánchez is one of the most powerful politicians in the Commonwealth. In this role he will have a lot of influence over what happens. Massachusetts has long been considered a leader when it comes to climate change legislation.

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Judith Schwartz: Solutions in Plain Sight ~ Climate & Beyond

Judith D. Schwartz, author of Cows Save The Planet has published a new book called Water In Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World. Judith’s writing brings such insights to environmental challenges and climate change that challenge us to look at problems as solutions. Tony Eprille, a writer and photographer, uses Creative Seeing, to find environmental solutions that we might otherwise miss by assuming the future is craved in stone. Together they will share how to see the promise of restoring soil and enhancing our ecosystem’s health. Co-hosted with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

 

Todd Miller: “Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security”

Join us to hear a bold and unified way, through the lens of climate change, to look at our immigration issues in America and internationally.Veteran Arizona border journalist Todd Miller has covered hot spots in the US and around the planet.  He has worked on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S. Mexico divide for organizations such as BorderLinks, Witness for Peace, and NACLA. His new book, Storming the Wall, investigates how the ecological crisis is creating millions climate refugees who are challenging the developed world’s borders and resources. Miller explores how a sense of threat in the United States is giving rise to high-tech surveillance fortresses and fueling calls for an ever-expanding border wall. This program is free and will serve light refreshments to all.