Conference Title: Why It's Wrong to Wreck the World: ethical action for a planet in peril

Date: March 31st, 2011, 1:30-2:30pm

Speaker: Michael P. Nelson

Location: 1st Floor Centro para Puerto Rico, Urb. Santa Rita,  1012 González St, Rio Piedras

Abstract: Climate change and other ecological emergencies are scientific problems. They are technological and economic problems. But they are fundamentally moral problems. They call us to action grounded in reasons of justice and human rights, compassion, personal integrity, and even a kind of radical self-interest.  This presentation will draw upon the new book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, (co-edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson) to argue that traditionally disparate disciplines (most specifically environmental science and environmental ethics) must collaborate in new and profound ways to address environmental problems.


About the Author: Michael P. Nelson is a speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, an environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science ( Dr. Nelson is the author of many articles, and the author or editor of a number of books, in and around the area of environmental ethics.


Sponsored by: NSF-IGERT, The Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation, The Environmental Science Program and The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies.