Provided by Ocean Shores/Coast Watch
The moral issues raised by climate change and humanity’s role in altering the environment for future generations will be the subject of a free public lecture in Newport on May 30.
Allen Thompson of the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy will speak on “Climate Adaptation, Transformation, & Human Development” at 7:30 p.m. in the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The event is sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, as part of the group’s Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project.
Dr. Thompson, an assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in ethics and environmental philosophy. His recent work has focused on how conceptions of human “natural goodness” relate to our moral responsibility for managing ecosystems under conditions of global climate change. He co-edited and contributed to the just-published book Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (MIT Press), and was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Philosophy Talk.” The episode, entitled “The Moral Costs of Climate Change,” was taped at OSU and will air this summer. He is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics.
“The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project has sponsored many talks during the past year on the science and planning issues raised by human-caused climate change,” says Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director. “On this occasion, we’ll step back and consider the broader question of how we should feel compelled to respond as human beings in a period of history when our actions may be profoundly altering the environment that future generations will experience.”
The climate project seeks to develop grassroots support for citizen-based plans for responding to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and increased flooding and erosion. It is currently nearing the end of a first pilot year in Lincoln County.
For more information about the event or the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project, contact Paris Edwards, Oregon Shores’ volunteer coordinator, (541) 414-9371, firstname.lastname@example.org.