Ethics and Ecological Economics Forum (EEE)

News: Film Screening and bookclub meetings:

Doug Muschett (Dillon) and Kathleen Wells (Denver)–have information about special screenings in the next couple of weeks of Al Gore’s new film on climate change–“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film festival.

Your attendance will support the outreach efforts of seven major environmental groups in our state.


Summer Book Discussion on Monday, Aug. 7th, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, at the home of Kathleen Wells in central Denver (660 Humboldt St.). Kathleen is a member of the Denver Steering Committee of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a Climate reality Project Leader.

  • The book under discussion will be Climate of Hope: How cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet, co-authored by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, 2017.
  • Please let Kathleen know if you are planning to attend (kathleen.wells@case.edu; 303-322-0079).

Information about the first EEE Forum this fall is forthcoming.

 



PAST MEETING ARCHIVES: includes post-meeting notes and attachments:

2017


 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 david.carlson@du.edu.

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[1]Colorado Interfaith Power & Light; Colorado Council of Churches; Episcopal Church of Colorado; Eco-Justice Ministries of Colorado OVERVIEW
  • AGENDA
  • FLYER
  • 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


Friday-Saturday 2/23-24/2017: Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) – State conference:

SLIDES:

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.

Details: Animal Rights and the Capabilities Approach


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.

2016

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Korbel Professor Frank Laird will speak on implications of the election for national and state climate policy.
  4. DU Law Professor K.K. DuVivier will offer comments on election implications through the lens of renewable energy law

MEETING Picture, Notes and Attachments:

20161115_eee-panelistsPanelists (L-R): K.K. DuVivier, Frank Laird, Pamela Campos,
and Dale Rothman

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.”
Revised slides:
– 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.

FOLLOWING DISCUSSION:


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:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientists-analyze-recent-extreme-weather-events-relation-climate-change/

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?

2015 Pollin Greening the Global Economy Ch. 6

2015 June White House Climate Action Plan

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.

  • Pre-meeting links and attachments:2016.03.23 Gus Speth Facebook Quote

  • 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 15th, 2016: Climate Intervention (aka geo-engineering: SRM &CDR) AND Carbon Pricing: A Tale of Two Responses to Climate Change.


January 11th, 2016 – After Paris Conference on Climate Change; What Lies Ahead? 

NEW: meeting notes/handouts:

Pre-meeting links:

  •  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
Judaism-Climate-Laudato-Si-8-pages
Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change
James Martin, S.J., on Laudato
TABLE OF CONTENTS Laudato si’
papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-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

 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:

2008 ETHICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE GARVEY CH 3

2011 Climate Change, Developing Countries & Human Rights NANDA

2014 IBA Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Report FULL

2015.08.28 preliminary 2015 fall EEE schedule


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, 2015Pope 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

Reading: ONE MORE THING BEFORE I GO — by John B. Cobb, Jr.


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?

Reading: 2003 GOTTLIEB Excerpts from A Spirituality of Resistance

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.

To counter scientific disinformation please go to http://skepticalscience.com/ or http://www.realclimate.org/ among other sites.


 March 9th, 2015: Carbon fee and dividend proposal of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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