Massey Talks! Climate Change and the Morality to Act

Massey Talks! Climate Change and the Morality to Act

Massey Talks! and the Massey Environment Committee present

“Climate Change and the Morality to Act”

In dialogue with Dr. Jack Costello, Adèle Hurley C.M. FRSC & Dr. Stephen Scharper

February 10th, 2016, Upper Library, 7:45 pm

In June of 2015 Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment that laid out an argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change.
What implications does the encyclical have for inspiring action to combat climate change? How should we, religious or otherwise, respond to and think about the encyclical? What are the ethical dimensions to action? What other arguments must be made in response to the “global threat of our time”?

Dr. Jack Costello, Adjunct Professor at Regis College, Director of the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service, Senior Fellow
• Jack teaches at Regis College, the Jesuit college in the Toronto School of Theology where he served as president from 1988-98 and again from 2011-2015. He is director of the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service, and is closely connected with Romero House for refugees. His teaching at Regis focuses on questions of justice, culture, and spirituality through a philosophical and theological lens.

Adèle Hurley C.M., FRSC, Director of the Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Quadrangler
Adèle Hurley is the Director of the Program on Water Issues. In the 1980s, Adèle moved to Washington and co-founded the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain. For several years she worked on a successful campaign that brought about amendments to the US Clean Air Act, as well as regulations that reduced acid rain-causing pollutants from large Canadian emitters.

Dr. Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor at the School of the Environment, the Department for the Study of Religion, and the Department of Anthropology (UTM), Senior Fellow
• Stephen Scharper is associate professor at the School of the Environment. Dr. Scharper’s research is in the areas of environmental ethics, worldviews, and ecology liberation theology as well as nature and the city. Formerly president of the Religious Education Association of the US and Canada, he has taught at McGill University, Prescott College, the University of Waterloo, the University of Vermont, and the University of Notre Dame.

Following short presentations from each of our guests there will be a moderated discussion with participation from the audience.

Massey Talks! is an initiative of the Junior Fellowship that has occurred regularly for several years. Its purpose is to create new opportunities for Senior Fellows, Junior Fellows, and members of the Quadrangler Society to interact and engage in discussion.