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The EEE forum meets once a month September through May. Next forum meeting September 17th, 2018
“Measuring Human and Ecological Wellbeing in Colorado: an Application of ‘Doughnut’ Economics”
WHEN: Monday, September 17th, 1:30 – 3:00pm
WHERE: Library Portico, Iliff School of Theology (2323 E. Iliff Ave.)
SPONSORED BY: Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum
Over the past two decades, several states—including Colorado–have developed alternatives to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of prosperity, progress, or wellbeing. This EEE Forum will review a number of these alternatives and propose an application of “doughnut economics” to the challenge of developing meaningful measures of human and ecological wellbeing for Colorado.
A current draft of this proposal is attached, along with a copy of the “doughnut” model developed by ecological economist Kate Raworth. The draft proposal sketches how the doughnut model might serve as a conceptual framework for developing measurable indicators of human and ecological wellbeing in Colorado.
For an introduction to doughnut economics, see Ms. Raworth’s 17-minute TED talk, “Why It’s Time for ‘Doughnut Economics’,” at https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/. For more information, see her recent book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017).
Feel free to send questions, suggestions, and other comments about the proposal and/or doughnut economics, to EEE Forum Founder and Convener, David Carlson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This EEE Forum is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Iliff School of Theology. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. Brief information about the purpose, structure, and history of the EEE Forum is attached. Let us know if you do not wish to receive notices of future EEE Forums. For directions and campus parking ($1.50/hour), see http://www.iliff.edu/about/parking-directions/
ABOUT EEE Forum (July 2018): 2018.07.19 Forum Statement of Purpose, Structure, and History
In preparation for our next meeting:
Reflecting on Resistance, Spirituality, and Hope
Dear Friends of the Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum,
Since its beginning in January 2014, the EEE Forum has occasionally featured the themes of resistance, spirituality, and hope. In view of recent national and global events and trends, it may be helpful to recall perspectives from a few authors and activists previously studied:
- First, Roger Gottlieb writes insightfully about these connections in A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Gottlieb is a professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the author or editor of 17 books on political philosophy, environmental ethics, religious environmentalism, and contemporary spirituality.
- “I am writing about the struggle to find a spiritual heart in a dark time: a path whose authentic essence is the honest recognition of – and opposition to – the brutal and sacrilegious desecration of the earth and all who dwell upon it” (p. 2).
- Brief excerpts here: pages 1 and 2 are the same – so start from page 3
- on “spirituality” 2003 A Spirituality of Resistance – what is spirituality
- and “resistance” 2003 A Spirituality of Resistance – what is resistance
- Also by Gottlieb: Political and Spiritual: Essays on Religion, Environment, Disability, and Justice (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
- Next, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone address these themes in Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2012). Macy is “an ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology”; Johnstone is a “physician and coach . . . [and] a specialist in the psychology of resilience, happiness, and positive change” [book jacket]. Macy, now 89, has been an activist for more than 50 years.
- Two excerpts from Active Hope are attached.
- The first, “Trusting the Spiral” begins with the meaning of “active hope” (“. . . not wishful thinking”) and then briefly describes the four “moments,” or “stages,” of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects: gratitude, honoring our pain, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.2012 Active Hope – Trusting the Spiral
- The second excerpt is from Chapter 12, “Maintaining Energy and Enthusiasm,” and specifically addresses the matter of “activism.”2012 Active Hope – Maintaining Energy & Enthusiasm
- Two excerpts from Active Hope are attached.
- Finally, Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): On Care for Our Common Home,” is addressed to “every person living on this planet.” (Available online at laudatosi.com/watch.) His insightful critiques of the “technocratic paradigm” and “a deified market” (Ch. 3) are followed by hope-filled explications of “integral ecology” (Ch. 4) and the ideal of a “civilization of love” (Ch. 5). Drawing upon Gottlieb’s work, I published a brief essay on Laudato shortly after it became available—“A Song-Inspired Narrative of Resistance.” A copy is attached. 2015 Laudato – A Song-Inspired Narrative of Resistance
If you have comments on these readings or suggestions for additional resources that invite reflection on resistance, spirituality, and hope, please feel free to share them. We will devote a portion of the September EEE Forum to such sharing.
David Carlson, Ph.D.
Founder and Convener, Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum at the Iliff School of Theology
email@example.com; (303) 709-0536 cell
EEE Book and link suggestions (recently updated 5/19/18) click here
Save the Date: September 21-22:
Our Heritage, Our Future: What Can and Will We Do Together:
- Those interested to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference will be held at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, just off of I-70. This will also be co-sponsored by Call to Action, Colorado Interfaith Power and Light, and hopefully yourselves! In fact, we need to meet soon to start planning it, think about how to organize and invite presentations. The way they do it for the Common Bound conference is one model.
PAST: Thursday May 24th, 2018: “An Alternative Measure of Economic Well-Being: Applying the Genuine Progress Indicator at the State Level in Colorado”
Colorado Fiscal Institute
Dear Friends of the Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum,
Dr. Paul Sutton, DU Dept. of Geography and the Environment, has kindly forwarded the following announcement of a Department Colloquium on the Genuine Progress Indicator as applied to Colorado this Thursday afternoon, 4:00-5:00pm; pre-Colloquium Coffee and Tea Social, 3:45-4:00pm. Location: Boettcher Hall (aka Center), Room 101. See flier CLICK HERE for more information.
The speaker, Mr. Chris Stiffler, is an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute and an adjunct professor of economics at DU. He is the author of two recent reports on Colorado’s Genuine Progress Indicator, available at www.coloradofiscal.org. See slides in January (similar): Measuring Genuine Progress pdf: – GPI DU seminar Chris Stiffler
Past MONDAY: May 21, 2018 –“The Colorado Narrative Project: Changing Priorities, Maintaining Core Values”
- SLIDES WILL BE FORTHCOMING
sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum
A fundamental principle of communication is: “know your audience.” Are you and your organization, agency, or institution regularly sending messages to Coloradans about human and ecological wellbeing, about earth justice and social justice? If so, would it be helpful for you to learn more about the core values and shifting priorities of the residents of our state?
Ms. Denise Whinnen, Director of Colorado Programs for the Gill Foundation, will share insights from the Colorado Narrative Project, which has mapped the mindset of mainstream Coloradans to understand their pain points, anxieties, goals and aspirations. As Director, she manages a diverse set of portfolios that invest to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to thrive and builds a strong middle class.
This EEE Forum is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Iliff School of Theology. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. Your RSVP by Thursday, May 18th, is requested but not required; please contact Forum Founder and Convener Dr. David Carlson at email@example.com. Let us know if you do not wish to receive notices of future EEE Forums. For directions and campus parking ($1.50/hour), see http://www.iliff.edu/about/parking-directions/.
Past event May 17th: Dr. Paul Sutton, DU Professor of Geography and the Environment and our April EEE speaker, has kindly forwarded the following announcement. See this flyer for more information: 2018.05.17 Pedro_Zabensky_Talk (2)
“Fostering Ethical Living”: 4:00pm Thursday, May 17th
University of Denver
Anderson Academic Commons [“Library”] – “The Loft”
Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics
Department of Philosophy
Rhodes University, South Africa
Video link forthcoming for Thursday April 26th presentation @ CRES YouTube Channel (includes other archived videos):
More on Biochar: denverclimatestudygroup.com on BIOCHAR
INFO on talk: Biochar2018-April2018
Past: April 23rd, 2018: Monday, April 23rd, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Behavioral Economics and the Prospects of a New Economic System Based on Wellbeing
BY: Prof. Paul Sutton, DU Dept. of Geography and the Environment Paul Sutton
Slides and links:
- Presentation – PowerPoint: Sutton_Toward_A_Sustainable_Wellbeing_Economy
- Presentation – PDF: Sutton_Toward_A_Sustainable_Wellbeing_Economy
- Kate Raworth: Donut Economics video: Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’ | Kate Raworth | TEDxAthens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BHOflzxPjI&feature=youtu.be
- Kate Raworth homepage (TEDtalk and doughnut model): . : https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/
- A good life for all within planetary boundaries; O’Neill et al.: nature.com/articles/O’NEILL ET AL.
- Related; allow interactive comparison of countries to one another: https://goodlife.leeds.ac.uk/
This Forum will build upon the January EEE Forum’s theme of “Measuring Economic Well-Being: The Genuine Progress Indicator.” Professor Paul Sutton, DU Dept. of Geography and the Environment, will speak about the vision and strategies of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-ALL)—a recently-established organization committed to addressing the above problem globally (http://www.wellbeingeconomy.org/).
PAST: MONDAY March 26TH: CO2 Removal and Nature Conservancy presentation by Betsy Neely + What is and the Need for Biochar by Paul Belanger
slides and links added below
Handout: 2018.03.26x Nat Climate Solutions Forum handout half-page
Part A: Why PRICING IS NOT ENOUGH & WHY WE NEED SEQUESTRATION! – Paul Belanger
- Pptx: TROUBLE LOADING contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if copy desired
- Pdf: 2018.03.26 Belanger-why pricing is no enough EEEF
Part B: NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS – Betsy Neely
How great a contribution can nature itself—e.g., forests, grasslands, wetlands, etc.—make to storing and reducing global carbon emissions?
Ms. Betsy Neely, Climate Change Program Manager for the The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Colorado, will speak about TNC’s new report, “Nature’s Make or Break Potential for Climate Change,” and her work in climate change. TNC’s new report is available at https://global.nature.org/initiatives/natural-climate-solutions/natures-make-or-break-potential-for-climate-change
“New research by TNC and 15 other institutions . . . demonstrates that nature-based solutions provide up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed be 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius—30 percent more than previously estimated.”
Betsy Neely slides:
- Pptx: optimized version: 2018.3_26 NCS Neely opt
- Pdf: 2018.3_26 NCS Neely
- Griscom et al PNAS: Griscom et al NaturalClimateSolutions-PNAS11645.full
Part C: Biochar and Related Soil Restoration Solutions: Paul Belanger & Ron Larson
- Pptx: 2018.03.26 Belanger-Larson Biochar EEEF
- Pdf: 2018.03.26 Belanger-Larson Biochar EEEF
- For more on Biochar see updated Biochar Page: http://denverclimatestudygroup.com/?page_id=28
- Leading web page: International Biochar Initiative: http://www.biochar-international.org/
MONDAY FEBRUARY 26th, 2018: PRESENTATION SLIDES BELOW “Carbon Pricing: Signs of Bi-partisanship”
There is broad agreement among economists across the political spectrum that establishing a price on carbon is a key step toward substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. But are bipartisan efforts among national advocacy groups on the rise?
One sign of growing bipartisanship is the Climate Solutions Caucus (spearheaded by Citizens Climate Lobby: climate-solutions-caucus ) in the House of Representatives, established in February 2016, The Caucus currently has 68 members—intentionally split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. Another sign is the newly-formed Climate Leadership Council (CLC; clcouncil.org/ launched one year ago by senior Republican leadership.
The Climate Leadership Council has proposed a Carbon Dividends plan that is remarkably similar to the Fee and Dividend proposal of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). After a brief review of carbon pricing, CCL members will provide an overview of both plans, plus additional signs of bipartisanship and an update on current national legislation.
- , , will also be discussed in this forum has similar goals. See republicen.org/about_us
- Also – to be discussed: Niskanen Center – Improving Policy, Advancing Liberty
This event is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Iliff School of Theology. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested. Your RSVP by Thursday, February 22nd, is requested but not required. For directions and campus parking ($1.50/hour), see PARKING & DIRECTIONS.
SLIDES: Carbon Pricing – Signs of Bipartisanship and the Need for More
- David Carlson: Part 1 – Brief Overview of Carbon Pricing: CLICK HERE
- HANDOUT CLICK HERE
- Kathleen Wells: Part 2 – CCL Presentation, Climate Caucus/ Fed and State Updates: CLICK HERE
- Douglas Alde: Part 3 – Climate Leadership Council and Other Conservative NGOs: CLICK HERE
- Paul Belanger & Ron Larson: Part 4 – Limitations of Carbon Pricing and the Need for CO2 Removal: CLICK HERE
REFERENCED ARTICLES and/or Links:
- TO BE DISCUSSED AT A LATER DATE: A good life for all within planetary boundaries; O’Neill et al.: nature.com/articles/O’NEILL ET AL.
- Fossil Fuel Risk Bonds: Fossil-Fuel-Risk-Bonds-May-25
- A Climate Caucus – Magnet for House Republicans? motherjones.com/environment/2018/02/
- IPCC 5th assessment Synthesis report: The window for action is rapidly closing
- CLIMATE CONSENT-CARBON MATHS
FOLLOW UP TO JANUARY 16TH: EMAIL FROM PAUL SUTTON: NEW SLIDES –Measuring Genuine Progress pdf: – GPI DU seminar Chris Stiffler
DU recently produced an ‘Engaging Ideas’ piece with me on ‘Valuing Nature’ that many of you may find interesting: https://www.du.edu/ideas/interview-videos/valuing-nature.html#
I have also attached a paper on changes to the global value of ecosystem services Costanza et al GEC 2014 and a draft of a paper on a well-being economy that we might like to discuss.: DRAFT: Toward a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy v4
The links below are some ‘easy access’ pieces of related work on the web:
- The Decoupling Delusion: https://theconversation.com/the-decoupling-delusion-rethinking-growth-and-sustainability-71996
- Kill all the bees: https://theconversation.com/if-dollars-rule-the-world-why-dont-the-bees-get-a-bailout-38384
Professor Paul C. Sutton, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Denver, 2050 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80208-0710
Google Scholar Site: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=cplEVLkAAAAJ&hl=en
Tuesday, January 16th FORUM, from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M.:
It is commonly acknowledged that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is seriously deficient as the basis for measuring the well-being of a society—or even its economic well-being. Not only does GDP fail to incorporate the nonmarket environmental and social costs of increased production and consumption of goods and resources; it also ignores, for example, the distribution of income and wealth in a society.
In this January Forum, we examined some alternatives to GDP as a measure of economic well-being and consider the relevance of such alternatives to the need to address climate change effectively.
Our presenter will be Mr. Chris Stiffler, an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute and author of two recent reports (see links below) on Colorado’s Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). The GPI was created in 1995 by Redefining Progress out of the belief that “if policymakers measure what really matters to people—health care, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being—economic policy would naturally shift towards sustainability” (www.rprogress.org). Mr. Stiffler will lead a discussion of the flaws of GDP, what is omitted in the GDP calculation that GPI tries to correct, and what the GPI says about well-being in Colorado.
“Colorado’s Genuine Progress Indicator [GPI]: A Comprehensive Metric of Economic Well-Being in Colorado from 1960-2011”; 74 pages with a 5-page Executive Summary, available at
“Colorado’s Genuine Progress Indicator [GPI]: An Update – A Comprehensive Metric of Economic Well-Being in Colorado from 1960-2012”; 17 pages, available at http://www.coloradofiscal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CO-GPI-update-report.pdf
Maryland also tracks 12 primary indicators that comprise the GPI for the state and uses results to create “Sustainability scenarios.” (See http://dnr.maryland.gov/mdgpi/Pages/default.aspx.)
As usual, please forward this invitation to others who may be interested. Your RSVP by Friday, January 12th, is requested but not required. For directions and campus parking ($1.50/hour), see http://www.iliff.edu/about/parking-directions/.
Best regards, David Carlson, Convener, Ph.D.; Founder and Convener, Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum/ email@example.com
PAST MEETING ARCHIVES for 2017: includes post-meeting notes and attachments:
May 15th – 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Concern for the ecological integrity of the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants, human and nonhuman, continues to rise. Resistance to current trends is increasing.
What is the nature of resistance? Does resistance entail more than opposition? Are there compelling connections between the political and the spiritual, as philosopher and Holocaust scholar Roger Gottlieb contends?
In A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), Gottlieb writes: How are we to live with the truth? When we do move beyond avoidance and denial, how are we to retain any sense of joy in life? How can we keep from succumbing to dread or despair? (Two excerpts are attached for further reading.) 2003 GOTTLIEB two excerpts from A Spirituality of Resistance copy
On Monday afternoon, May 15th, the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum will engage perspectives on these questions from Dr. Gottlieb, other authors, and the experiences and insights of those attending.
April 17th, from 1:30 to 3:30pm
What is the outlook this year for developing and maintaining constructive international and domestic policies and actions in response to the growing challenges of climate change?
On Monday, April 17th, from 1:30 to 3:30pm, a panel of three DU professors and an Environmental Defense Fund representative will address this timely issue in Room 1020 of the Sie International Relations Complex at the University of Denver. These four panelists engaged this topic last fall, one week after elections. They are:
Dale S. Rothman is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a former Senior Scientist at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. His professional interests include: environment and development, ecological economics, systems analysis, scenario analysis, and computer simulation.
Pamela Campos is a senior attorney in EDF’s Climate and Energy program advocating to address climate change and air quality issues on a regional, national, and international scale. She works with broad coalitions of stakeholders and in state, federal, and international courts in support of policies to drive health- and environment-protective technologies into the marketplace.
Frank Laird is an Associate Professor of Technology and Public Policy and the Associate Dean of Academic Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. His professional interests include: energy policy, especially with respect to renewable energy; environmental policy, especially with respect to climate change; science and technology policy; democracy and science policy.
K.K. DuVivier is a Professor at the Sturm College of Law. Over the years, she has taught courses in Energy Law, Renewable Energy Law, Civil Procedure, Mining Law, Legal Research & Writing, Local Government, Wills & Trusts, and Environmental Law. Her latest book is Energy Law Basics (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2017).
This event is free of charge and co-sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society. For more information or to opt out of such notices in the future, please contact Korbel adjunct faculty member and EEE Forum Convener, David Carlson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Water Day and Water Justice 3-DAY Forum at Iliff March 22-24th, 2017
- Hosted by: The Iliff School of Theology
with Co-sponsors: Colorado Interfaith Power & Light; Colorado Council of Churches; Episcopal Church of Colorado; Eco-Justice Ministries of Colorado OVERVIEW
- Half-page Water Forum handout
- Wednesday, March 22, is World Water Day. Initiated by the United Nations and recognized annually since 1993, this international day is an opportunity to focus on the crucial importance of freshwater and sustainably managing freshwater resources. World Water Day is supported by the United Nations Association–USA—one of 100+ national-level NGOs around the world that seek to “ensure that the UN is relevant to the lives of the peoples it exists to serve” (http://www.wfuna.org/what-is-a-una).This year, March 22 also marks the beginning of a three-day international conference on Water Justice, sponsored by the Trinity Institute in New York City and webcast worldwide (https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-institute/2017/attend). “With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.” Trinity Institute is an affiliate of Trinity Wall Street Church, an Episcopal parish in New York City.In accord with these events, the Iliff School of Theology, with the support of several co-sponsors, is hosting this World Water Day and Water Justice Forum (Water Forum) March 22-24.On Wednesday afternoon, March 22, the Forum will open with a welcome by Iliff President and CEO, Thomas Wolfe, and reflections on World Water Day and water justice by University of Denver Law Professor, Ved Nanda. Sessions will follow on the recently-adopted Colorado Water Plan and “Law, People, and the Environment: A Source to Sea Perspective for Our Colorado River.” On the following two days (March 23-24), participants will view presentations by plenary speakers at the Water Justice Conference in New York City via live-streaming and webcast delay, followed by locally-facilitated group discussion.
February 21st. CRES
Gov. Bill Ritter: Powering Forward on Clean Energy Policy (Tuesday)
VIDEO OF TALK:click here for video
Friday-Saturday 2/23-24/2017: Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) – State conference:
CCL’s Statewide Conference in Golden is February 25th; New Member
Climate Advocate Training is February 24th. For information, visit
b. DO consider joining/become an activist for change: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/
EEE = Monday: February 27th, 2017, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Thinking Ethically about Climate Change.
- where: library at the Iliff School of Theology (2323 E. Iliff Avenue)
- If an action will reduce the threat of global warming, is such a result—by itself—sufficient reason for implementing it? Can the unequal distribution of burdens and benefits associated with using fossil fuels—either among individuals or nations—be morally justified? And what does it mean to think and act ethically in the face of climate change?
- Questions such as these will form the basis of the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum next Monday, February 27th, from 1:30 to 3:30pm in the open area of the Library at the Iliff School of Theology. We will engage these and similar questions through personal experience as well as moral philosophy.
- British philosopher, Roger Garvey writes insightfully about such questions, using down-to-earth examples such as broken vases, Bonnie and Clyde prison terms, cowboys grazing cattle on a plot of land held in common, and rum-drinking pirates. David Carlson, EEE Convener, will start Monday’s session by drawing primarily from Garvey’s paperback book, Thinking Ethically about Climate Change: Right and Wrong in a Warming World. Please read Chapter 3 on “Responsibility” before the session. A scan of Chapter 3 on “Responsibility” is attached. Garvey claims that: 2008 ETHICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE GARVEY CH 3
- Next, we shall gather in small groups to share and reflect upon our own beliefs, experiences, and dilemmas, as we attempt to think and act ethically in the face of climate change. DU Professor Don Mayer, Business Ethics and Legal Studies, Daniels College of Business, will facilitate our small group/large group discussions.
- And third, Kathleen Wells, member of the Denver chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), will lead a brief discussion on the interest, format, and structure of a possible future EEE
Special forum – from Professor Dale Rothman: Monday: January 30, 2017, 1:30 – 4 p.m.: see flyer link below
- Animal Rights and the Capabilities Approach: A Radical Alternative to Anthropocentrism
- An afternoon talk with Martha C. Nussbaum*
- followed by a panel discussion
AT: University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Craig Hall – Boettcher Foundation Community Room
2148 South High Street, Denver, CO 80210
- Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. She is also an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.
January 17th, 2017:
Under the theme of “Religion and Theology in the Public Square,” three panelists will present quite different perspectives on caring for the earth from 1:30 to 3:30pm in Shattuck Hall at the Iliff School of Theology on Tuesday, January 17th. The event is co-sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum at Iliff and Colorado Interfaith Power & Light. Panelists are:
- Dr. Vie Thorgren: Catholic Climate Ambassador, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Executive Director, Center for Spirituality at Work, in Denver. Dr. Thorgren will examine the impact of Pope Francis’ encyclical in fostering earth-honoring policies and practices since its release in May 2015.
- Rev. Dr. David M. Carlson: Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, Minnesota, and co-founder of the Arrowhead Network of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Drawing on his recent doctoral thesis, Dr. Carlson will share empirical results of church leaders’ perceptions and practices of earth stewardship in daily life and in congregations—and implications for congregation-community relations. A two-page Executive Summary of Pastor Carlson’s doctoral thesis can be found here:DMin Thesis – Exec Sum – David M. Carlson – March 2016 ;
- SLIDES: Earth Stewardship in Church and Society-David M Carlson
- Dr. Edward Antonio: Harvey H. Potthoff Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Social Theory, and Director of the Justice & Peace Program, Iliff School of Theology. Professor Antonio will speak on the wisdom of indigenous people in caring for the earth.
This event is free and open to the public as well as the academic communities of Iliff, DU, and other educational institutions in the Denver metro area. Light refreshments will be available, following the program. Your RSVP (click here) is requested but not required. Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested.
Tuesday November 15th, 1:30 to 3:30 – PANEL On Implications of Election Day Results for Climate Change Policy and Action
Four panelists—three from DU and one from an international environmental organization–will present initial perspectives on implications of Tuesday’s election results for international and domestic policies and actions to respond to the increasing challenges of climate change. Panelists are:
- Korbel Professor Dale S. Rothman will begin with prospects for effective climate change policies and actions at the international level, including the outlook for implementing agreements reached at the 2015 Paris Conference on Climate Change.
- Pamela Campos, Senior Attorney for the Climate and Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund, will address domestic implications for the Clean Air Act and renewable energy.
- Korbel Professor Frank Laird will speak on implications of the election for national and state climate policy.
- DU Law Professor K.K. DuVivier will offer comments on election implications through the lens of renewable energy law
MEETING Picture, Notes and Attachments:
- David Carlson-post-meeting-email-20161117
- David Carlson climate-change-forum-slides
- “Professor Rothman prefaced his remarks by showing a 3-minute video of negative reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory from the youth constituency attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The video was produced by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Service and is available at click here.”
- Professor Frank Laird-clim-policy-post-2016-election slides
- Is halting Clean Power Plan Economically justified?
- WEB SITE LINKS that came up in discussion:
This event was co-sponsored by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Colorado Interfaith Power & Light, and the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum at the Iliff School of Theology.
MONDAY October 17th, 2016 meeting:
Kathleen Wells, Psychologist, Professor Emerita at Case Western Reserve University, and member of the Denver chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, presented a seminar entitled:
“Some of Psychology’s Contributions to Understanding the Climate Change Crisis.”
– click here to open PDF of presentation;
– click here to download PowerPoint
- Drawing on research from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/), the final Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change (http://www.apa.org/science/about/publications/climate-change.aspx), and videos of individuals discussing climate, she will review social psychological evidence on climate-related attitudes and highlight some psychological processes relevant to understanding these attitudes.
- Additional information may be found on the Climate Psychology Alliance website (www.climatepsychologyalliance.org). The Yale Project website and the APA Task Force report both contain references to further reading on this topic.
Bernie Sanders Senate hearing video link in K. Wells presentation: click here – from beginning to 5 minutes
Sarah Palin video link in K. Wells presentation: click here – from beginning to 1:42 minutes, but listen on to critique from “”The Dumbest Climate Criminal Alive – The Ring of Fire
New Book circulated: Facing Climate Change; an integrated pathe to the future, by Jeffrey T. Kiehl, NCAR Scientist and licensed Jungian analyst.Amazon 4.5 star link
Steve Stevens video: The Ethics, Principles and Practice of Personal Sustainability Beyond Net Zero (9/23/15 video) – click here for video; pdf version-click here
Milt Hetrick discussed what he’s doing – and have written a book – see: Living without Fire – just the Sun & Earth: Illustrating a way to retrofit a 1974 home for more sustainable living Paperback – click here
As always – regarding climate questions go to http://www.skepticalscience.com/
Also – I recommend the following video: Climate Change Solutions : What you thought you knew is obsolete. Joe Romm click here
And follow my blog-posts at fb https://www.facebook.com/denverclimatestudygroup/ and web page http://denverclimatestudygroup.com/
MONDAY September 12th, 2016.
Our first Forum for the coming academic year will be held on Monday afternoon, September 12th. As usual, we will meet from 2:00 to 4:15pm in the public space area of the Iliff School of Theology library.
Our topic is: Can Extreme Weather Events Be Directly Linked to Climate Change?
To what extent—if any—can climate scientists persuasively link climate change to individual extreme weather events? Phil Nelson, chair of the Golden Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will present recent impacts of extreme weather in Colorado and around the world and discuss the emergence of “attribution science.”
Please read: About Catastrophe Models
Before our session, you may find it helpful to view a 10-minute clip on extreme weather and “the emerging area of science called extreme weather attribution” from the PBS Newshour on August 17th. The link is:
Also, for a short article on why attribution of extreme weather is important to the insurance industry, connect to: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/02/342559.htm
JUNE 13TH, 2016:
Income and Wealth Inequality: Trends, Consequences, and Possible Responses –
- Alec Tsoucatos, adjunct professor of economics at Regis University and frequent Forum speaker will lead our discussion.
- As usual, we shall meet in the open space area of the library at the Iliff School of Theology (2323 E. Iliff Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:15 p.m. All are welcome; there is no charge for this event. Complimentary parking is available in Lot C on the west side of the Iliff campus; click here for map. Please sign in when you enter the lobby.
- Some suggested background reading:
- On inequality, A recent front-page headline in the Denver Post stated, “The shrinking middle: Widening wealth gap pushes more households into lower-income level than higher income.” Financial trends are given in detail for five Colorado cities, plus some national trends and political commentary. The story is available at (Click here for DP story)
- Guaranteed income? Two days later, the Post’s Perspective section featured an article on “Universal basic income may be the next big thing.” Experiments in Europe, Canada, and South America are briefly described. (click here)
- A “red herring”? Is income inequality a “red herring”? NYT columnist examines this provocative question in his 2014 column, “Income Inequality and the Ills Behind It.” (Click here)
- As a followup to our May 9th EEE Forum on Jobs vs. the Environment: Must We Choose?, Kathleen Wells forwarded a link to this recent New York Times article, “Rift Between Labor and Environmentalists Threatens Democratic Turnout”: (Click here)
MAY 9TH, 2016: Income and Wealth Inequity/Inequality: A threat to Democracy?
David Carlson slides: POLLIN on Grenn Global Economy (Pptx); POLLIN on Grenn Global Economy (PDF)
Kathleen Wells slides: Collins Can we earn a living on a living planet (Pptx); Collins Can we earn a living on a living planet (PDF)
FIRST: Our theme for Monday afternoon, May 9th, is: Jobs vs. the Environment: Must We Choose? This question is both important and timely, since it consistently surfaces in political campaigning and other public discourse around climate change.
Contrary to the frequently-stated view that job creation and environmental protection are mutually exclusive, economist Robert Pollin contends that full employment and substantial GHG reductions are indeed possible—if nations can soon agree on devoting 1.5% of annual GDP to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. (He estimates that only 0.5% of global GDP is currently so invested each year.)
A key feature in Pollin’s analysis is the necessity to provide generous assistance to displaced fossil-fuel workers and adversely affected communities. For some background, see the attached chapter, “Expanding Job Opportunities through Clean Energy Investments,” from Pollin’s compact book, Greening the Global Economy (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015).)
Some guiding questions: To what extent do proposals at the federal level address the need to assisted displaced workers and affected communities? (See, for example, President Obama’s 2015 Climate Action Plan, copy attached.) And to what extent (if any) might revenues from establishing a price on carbon be earmarked to fund such transition costs for displaced workers and affected communities?
Second, we’ll consider whether a “blue-green” coalition between labor and environmentalists could be politically effective. For some background, visit the website of the recently formed BlueGreen Alliance (www.bluegreenalliance.org), whose tag line is “Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy.” It won’t be easy, according to Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the progressive Institute of Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). See his article, “Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? The Need for Jobs and the Ecological Limits to Growth,” available at http://prospect.org/article/must-environmentalists-and-labor-activists-find-themselves-odds-each-other.
April 11th, 2016: Music and Social Transformation
The power of music to effect social change. As usual, we will meet in the open space area of the Iliff School of Theology library (2323 E. Iliff Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:15pm.
We are deeply honored that Professor Arthur Jones has agreed to serve as moderator for our session. Dr. Jones is Clinical Professor of Culture and Psychology and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence at Colorado Women’s College at DU. He is also the current chair of the DU Faculty Senate.
Dr. Jones is also the founder of the Spirituals Project (www.spiritualsproject.org), whose guiding vision is “to explore the many, varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool; and to invite all people to experience the joy and power of this dynamic music and gift from African Americans to the world.”
Daryl Walker is the Performance Director of the Spirituals Project. His creative gifts have afforded him the opportunity to provide excellence in music performance, music direction, and music support to diverse entities across the nation for more than 35 years. He has served the Iliff community musically during worship services, Commencement ceremonies, and through Faith Trek—a Lilly Foundation-funded initiative, using the arts to help youth discover their vocation.
Late post of 2/25/2015 from David Carlson:
- Dear friends of the EEE Forum and other colleagues interested in climate change: You may be interested in my recent article, “WTO Reforms, Sustainable Development, and Climate Clubs: Calls for New Thinking.” It was recently published in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 34:1, 126-136 (2016).Like other contributions to this special issue of JERL, my article responds to the 2014 report by the International Bar Association (IBA) (click here), Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption. (A copy of the IBA’s full 262-page Report is attached for your convenience.)Don Smith, an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at DU’s Sturm College of Law and JERL editor, presented an overview of the IBA’s extensive Report at the EEE Forum last September (SEE BELOW). His excellent presentation and gracious invitation for responses led to my commentary. The Abstract appears below.To access the full article, use the link http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/4IMygfQyv4TkKvXUES7q/full.There is no charge for the first 50 downloads. After that, you may contact me for a free copy of the manuscript that was accepted for publication.
March 14th, 2016: Fear, Hope, and Climate Change: Perspectives from Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theology
Our two highly-qualified presenters and discussion leaders were Jason Whitehead and Peter Sawtell.
- February 24 2016 email from David Carlson
- 2013 REDEEMING FEAR Intro Jason Whitehead
- 2016.02.19 Eco-Justice Climate Fear and Anxiety
February 15th, 2016: Climate Intervention (aka geo-engineering: SRM &CDR) AND Carbon Pricing: A Tale of Two Responses to Climate Change.
Jonathan Ormes, DU Research Professor in Physics and Astronomy, will review the basics of geo-engineering (see links below)
NEW 2/15; presentation: EEE15Feb2016 JonOrmes
and 2 handouts:
Ron Larson, past president of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), will comment on pending legislation in Colorado (SB007) that specifies conditions under which biomass energy projects that produce biochar would comply with Colorado’s Energy Renewable Standard.
Phil Nelson, retired geologist and leader of the Golden Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will review the growing support from the public and private sector for setting a price on carbon emissions. Questions for discussion include: What are the prospects for enacting federal legislation on climate change? What pressures now exist for legislation? What form does resistance take? How might that resistance be persuaded to go along with legislation?
NEW 2/15; presentation: EEE-Feb2016 PhilNelson
- Pre-meeting links and attachments:
February 9th Email announcement by David Carlson (Click here)
attachment: 2015.03.09 Notes for carbon tax vs. cap & trade
January 29th Email announcement by David Carlson (click here)
Fact or Fiction: can Geoengineering fix climate change – from Scientific American 12/12/2014 (click here)
NAS Climate Intervention: Preface and links (Click here); detailed reports below:
Solar Radiation Management (SRM):
Best: How a carbon tax can help Cory Gardner — and the rest of us (click here)
Ron Larson provided this link to a post-Paris video interview with Todd Stern, the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State Department since 2009 and chief negotiator for the U.S. position on climate change at international conferences: (click here – link does work)
January 11th, 2016 – After Paris Conference on Climate Change; What Lies Ahead?
NEW: meeting notes/handouts:
- 2015.12.16 George Will on Paris Climate Conference
Ron Larson provided this link to a post-Paris video interview with Todd Stern, the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State Department since 2009 and chief negotiator for the U.S. position on climate change at international conferences: https://www.americanprogress.org/events/2015/12/04/126751/the-road-through-paris-us-special-envoy-for-climate-change-todd-stern-on-the-2015-un-climate-conference/(this link works; on my browser it looks broken).
new meeting space in the renovated library at the Iliff School of Theology. After signing in at the reception desk in the lobby, turn left to enter the library and walk toward the large open space area.
email update from David Carlson 1/2/2016 – click here: DCarlson email 20160102.
First hour to focus on this attachment: 2015.12.15 Summary of Paris Climate Change Conference by IISD.
1/10/16 email from Haider Khan, John Evans Distinguished University Professor of Economics: “attached two technical papers: (click here for full email)
one on growth and CO2 emissions in the BRIC and also US and Japan(I can look up the reference for the published version if anyone is interested in reading that): BRIC Energy Climate Change – click here
Second is a CGE model of China and its energy productivlty: China_Energy(XJ&HK_16) – click here
I would be happy to discuss with individuals who may be interested. I also have a chapter on China’s Energy Security and Dev. Strategy in a 2010 vol. from WIDER-UNU, Helsinki
November 9th 2015: “Interfaith Responses to Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.”
ATTACHMENTS: rev half-page flyer for Nov. 9th;
Nov 9th agenda
Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change
James Martin, S.J., on Laudato
TABLE OF CONTENTS Laudato si’
- Iliff professor, Dr. George (Tink) Tinker, will keynote our event with his presentation, “Laudato Si’ in Context: Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation.” Where does Pope Francis’ encyclical stand within the decades-long struggle of people worldwide for this compelling vision?
- Following a short break, Rev. Dr. Chrysostom Frank, Department of Religious Studies, Regis University, and Pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church on the Auraria campus, will moderate a student interfaith panel. Panelists are: Jill Fleishman and Kim Nipple from Iliff, Maliheh Jabbari from DU, and Jacob Wilkerson from Regis.
Monday October 19th: Are Paris Climate Talks Likely To Fail. Is there a way forward? – Conditional Cooperation Approaches are Needed – click here for email details/description
- UPDATE – OCTOBER 7TH EMAIL WITH ATTACHMENT:
David Carlson email update Oct-7th 2015 09 30 EEE Forum October 19 agenda;
- David Carlson email update Oct-7th
Our session will focus primarily on two highly relevant readings: a 14-page journal article (click here: 2015 cramton-ockenfels-stoft-price-commitment-promotes-cooperation ) and a 14-page book review (link provided below). Please come prepared to discuss both. Copies are attached. Both resources squarely address the so-called “free rider” problem that has stymied effective approaches so far to limit carbon emissions globally.
The Journal article, “An International Carbon-Price Commitment Promotes Cooperation,” published just a few months ago, sums up its pessimism regarding December talks in Paris:
In response to Kyoto’s dramatic failure, and then Copenhagen’s, the idea of striving for a common global commitment has been abandoned on the way to Paris. Rather, it is hoped the individually-selected quantity targets will cover the bulk of global emissions with sufficient stringency. Indeed, the plan for Paris is to let every country simply pledge to do whatever it wants. There will be reviews without consequences for hundreds of incomparable proposals. And if countries fall short of their pledges, there still will be no consequences. (underlining added)
The three authors contend that, on the contrary, a common global commitment to limit carbon emissions is possible. Their case primarily rests upon (i) theory and evidence that conditional cooperation (i.e., “I will if you will”) approaches are most likely to succeed, and (ii) favoring a global price for carbon emissions rather than quantity-based goals.
As you might expect, arguments over cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax (or fee and dividend) are revisited here, but with a twist.
William Nordhaus, current president of the American Economics Association (AEA), has proposed a specific form of international conditional cooperation to limit carbon emissions—the “climate club.” His proposal, like the journal article mentioned above, favors setting a global price on carbon emissions rather than quantity-based goals. Nations within the climate club would trade freely with each other without tariffs; nonmember nations that wish to trade with club members would face tariffs.
Nordhaus briefly describes the “free rider” problem and his proffered solution as a lead-in to his recent review of the book, Climate Shock. Here’s the link to the NY Review of Books website: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jun/04/new-solution-climate-club/
In a different format, Nordhaus produced a 30-slide PowerPoint version for his Presidential address to the AEA last January. Available at http://carbon-price.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-01-04-Nordhaus-ClimateClubAEA-v2-slides.pdf
Monday, September 14th, 2015 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: updated posting 9/10/15
Details of our first monthly Forum this fall are falling into place. On Monday, September 14th, we will meet at 2:00 pm in Room 412 at the Sturm College of Law on the DU campus. Our topic will be “International Law Perspectives on Climate Change Ethics.”
Two outstanding professors from Sturm will address this timely topic: Ved Nanda and Don Smith,
CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL DETAILS: David Carlson email details 9-9-2015
PARKING – PARKING INFO FOR 9-14-2015
3 Attachments – all PDFs:
July 13, 2015 meeting: – see Peter Sawtell’s post “The Encyclical and Bold Dialogue ”
click here: http://www.eco-justice.org/E-150619.asp; for archived letters go here: http://www.eco-justice.org/E-list.asp
MEETING: Monday, July 13th, 2015: Pope Francis’ just-released encyclical letter, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to Thee, O Lord”), subtitled “On Care for Our Common Home.”
A sheet with a half-dozen guiding questions downloadable as a word docx HERE – with space for you to add your own questions (and responses). Please bring this sheet with you on the 13th.Depending upon how large our group is on the 13th, we may divide up into groups of 3-4 to begin sharing. THE ENCYCLICAL: 2015.05.24 papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si
If time permits, we will end our session with brainstorming ways in which the message of Laudato Si’might fruitfully serve as a unifying theme throughout the coming fall.
Monday, JUNE 15th, 2015 Iliff School of Theology, 2 to 4:15 p.m.,: Follow up on Claremont, CA conference David and others attended in California:
David Carlson, Alec Tsoucatos, and other Denver-Boulder area participants returning from the upcoming international conference in Claremont, CA on the theme, “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.”
Original email announcement:Original email Message about June 15 2015 meeting
MAY 11th, 2015
Subject: How can we respond to the numbness, depression, and despair—of others and of ourselves—in the face of climate change and its challenging implications?
Emails from David Carlson:
2 videos highlighted by David Carlson in email May 1st:
- Climate Science: What You Need To Know (You Tube: 6′:20″): click here
- Why people don’t believe in climate change (YouTube: 7′:33″) – click here
April 13th, 2015:
Subject: Dealing with why we ignore climate change.
- Book discussion: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change and What to Do About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall;
- comments by George Marshall
- EEE announcement email
- Excerpts handout – rotated: 2014 GEORGE MARSHALL Don’t Even Think About It excerpts
- 4/13/2015 post: 2015.04.13 Marshall Ch 42 Cap Phrases
- 4/13/2015 post: Community.Forum.EARTH DAY CELEBRATION.Tues.4.21.15
PART 1: Climate Science: What You Need To Know (You Tube: 6′:20″): click here
Related (but much longer: 1 hour and 1/2):What We KNOW About Climate Change – Kerry Emanuel
PART 2: FEATURED AT OUR GATHERING: Why people don’t believe in climate change (YouTube: 7′:33″) – click here
- 4/13/2015 post: Hour long lecture at Rutgers by George Marshall – click here
- YouTube A History of Earth’s Climate 11′:19″: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC_2WXyORGA:
Published on May 27, 2013:Earth had a climate long before we showed up and started noticing it and it’s influenced by a whole series of cycles that have been churning along for hundreds of millions of years. In most cases those cycles will continue long after we’re gone. A look at the history of climate change on Earth can give us some much needed perspective on our current climate dilemma because the surprising truth is, what we’re experiencing now is different than anything this planet has encountered before. So, let’s take a stroll down Climate History Lane and see if we can find some answers to a question that’s been bugging Hank a lot lately – just how much hot water are we in?
March 9th, 2015: Carbon fee and dividend proposal of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
- Paul Belanger opening slides: The big picture:PowerPoint version or PDF version; Paul’s Web Page
- Jonathan Ormes: – Climate Change&CarbonFee EEE; additional article: Communicating Climate Change
- Jonathan’s Web Page
- Phil Nelson: AGU-CCL poster: coming soon
- Citizens Climate Lobby: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/
- Regional Economic Models, Inc. Report (REMI): http://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report/