UM lecture looks Explores Moral Responsibility To Natural World Monday Dec. 6th UC Ballroom
Kathleen Dean Moore, one of the leading environmental philosophers and nature writers in the country, will give the next installment of the President’s Lecture Series at The University of Montana.
Moore will present “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril” at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the University Center Ballroom. The event is UM’s annual Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture and is presented in conjunction with the University’s Environmental Studies Program. Earlier that day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Moore will give a seminar titled “The Work of a Writer in a World of Wounds” in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Moore will discuss her latest book, which deals with the “Moral Ground Movement” philosophy regarding the ethical obligations owed future generations to protect and preserve the natural environment.
Thanks for the post. I think this topic needs urgent consideration. Unfortunately, it seems like we are going in the wrong direction with the advance of technology that is increasingly disconnecting us from nature and our responsibility to the natural world.
Exactly, this was a good presentation. Dr Moore provided some personal insights and shared a few readings from the 150 "moral leaders" who contributed to a new book edited by Moore and a colleague. The moral syllogisms, used as a philosophical method for her thoughts, provided compelling reasons for why our Western society needs to make sacrifices and strong commitments to action. Her tone was hopeful, but grounded in the presumption that we will leave this earth far worse off for our children provided there is not a pervasive moral revolution to change our ways.
I am optimistic about the possibilities that permaculture offers to us as a means to address morality in society. Why not employ more effective and efficient means of building, water management, use of energy, efficient irrigation, crop rotation, pasture rotation, polyculture, and the list goes on forever in support of a more productive system that simultaneously strengthens our communities. I guess I have never really thought about permaculture being part of our moral responsibility, but I guess it is within the context that our society needs to move to more resilient systems that aren't degrading the environment and our social fabric.
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