Greta Gaard: Gender justice and climate justice, making the connections

In two parts:

The perverse resilience of mainstream economic thought

James Tully’s new book on Global Citizenship [Free!]

James Tully has a new book on Global Citizenship in which he lays out his arguments regarding the differences between civil and civic traditions. The book then has a series of essays responding to Tully. The entire thing is open access, here is the pdf.

The essay simmers down some of the essentials in Tully’s earlier works like Strange Multiplicity and Public Philosophy in a New Key. Especially in the latter he works out his position on the civil/civic distinction and, with the former, positions it with a significant emphasis on democratic practice over democratic institutions/ideals.

Harry Verhoeven: A short introduction to the water-energy-food-climate nexus

Call for Papers: Water Ethics Conference, April 2015

A very interesting conference being held next spring. Full details below or here (pdf). There is also a conference website here.
The line up for keynotes includes Cynthia Barnett, Christiana PeppardCurt Meine and myself.
Water ethics poster web
Call for Papers Conference on Water Ethics
Viterbo University
La Crosse, Wisconsin
April 16-18, 2015
“The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.”~ Luna Leopold
The 2015 Conference on Water Ethics seeks to gather scholars for a national conversation on the ethical responsibilities of individuals, communities, businesses and government agencies in regard to water. We invite papers examining water’s unique status as a commons resource, essential to
economic, cultural, physiological, and emotional well-being. We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Presentations may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
• Virtues and water stewardship
• Ethical water policies
• Theological conceptions of water
• Case studies
• Issues of water quality and/or quantity
• Water and social justice
• Cultural significance of water
Presentation proposals should be no more than two pages in length and include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address. Presentations will be scheduled for twenty-five minutes each with additional time for discussion. Proposals for panel discussions will also be considered.
Deadline for submissions is January 9, 2015. Proposals should be sent to Please write “Ethics Conference Proposal” in the subject line. Proposals may also be sent to Dr. Richard Kyte, D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601.

This changes everything: Naomi Klein’s new book on capitalism vs the climate

41LTXp4H3pLNaomi Klein’s new book is set to be released in about a month. It looks interesting, and is already getting buzz after the NY Times piece used her findings to note that the Nature Conservancy gets oil revenue money from drilling on conserved land. Should be interesting to see what she has to say in the book. Here is a description:

“Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.  

41LTXp4H3pLKlein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies and reclaiming our democracies. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink. 

Once a decade, Naomi Klein writes a book that redefines its era. No Logo did so for globalization. The Shock Doctrine changed the way we think about austerity. This Changes Everything is about to upend the debate about the stormy era already upon us.”

Religion and Environmentalism: Carl Sagan on Conservation, Ecology, Nature, Values, Ethics

A lecture from 1990 now available: