Climate Change and the Future of History

Not only does climate change threaten our (immediate) future, but it also puts our past at grave risk. Changing weather patterns and rising sea level present unprecedented challenges to safeguarding our historical resources, especially the Native American and historical archaeological sites and landscapes of the Boston Harbor Islands. Join us at Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain for a talk by Boston City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley about how climate change imperils what we can learn about the past. The possible demise of these irreplaceable historical resources, which include submerged Native sites and shipwrecks on the ancient harbor floor, is undeniable. Bagley will discuss efforts to document these sites before a climate-change catastrophe destroys them.

Art Workshop: Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, President and Founder, Climate Creatives

Saturday, September 28, 9:30am–12:30pm
[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]

 

What will motivate you to do more about the climate crisis? Perhaps something fun and visible? What is preventing you from acting? Maybe fear, and lack of belief that your actions matter? Susan Israel founded Climate Creatives to use art and design that engages people in change because data alone doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment.

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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