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Moral issues of climate change discussed at Science Pub

03/04/2013

Moral issues of climate change discussed at Science Pub

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Climate change to some is more than an environmental science issue. At heart, says Kathleen Dean Moore, Oregon State University distinguished professor of philosophy, it is about ethics, morality and the choices we face.

At the Corvallis Science Pub on March 11, Moore will discuss climate change as a moral crisis. Her presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

Moore is co-editor of the award-winning book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril” (foreword by Desmond Tutu). Among the challenges posed by climate change, she says, are human rights, social justice, reverence for the natural world and love for our descendants.

“These fundamentally moral crises undermine systems that support human lives, liberty and security,” Moore said. “They are a crisis of justice, as the hardships caused by profligate use of fossil fuels come to rest on the shoulders of the poor and voiceless.”

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.