The co-director of the Environmental Studies program organized a panel on climate change and environmental ethics in hopes of raising awareness of current ecological issues.
The goal of professor Judith Stark’s panel was to inform the audience that climate change is occurring as a result of a well-discussed phenomena called global warming.
Stark said she wants citizens of the world to realize that the warming of the Earth is occurring even though it is not directly in front of us. She said we need to understand that no single individual is to blame, but instead society is collectively responsible.
The presenters discussed different ways and reasons that climate change is in the works. They offered both simple and advanced methods on how the people can collectively end and slow down this change.
A huge sign that verifies researchers’ theory about global warming is the well-known greenhouse gas effect, according to Stark. The Earth’s atmosphere traps solar radiation caused by the presence of gases, such as carbon dioxide.
Students that attended this panel learned about reasons why global warming is occurring. Reasons include: heating and cooling homes/businesses, food choices, driving and flying, and eating high on the food chain, according to the panelists.
It was made clear during the presentation that models project a large warming by the year 2088.
A subtopic covered by Stark and her presenters was that of moral psychology.
Today’s researchers are asking questions such as “What is going on here? And why do we as members in society not feel ruthless?” To address this world issue, people must first understand that individually they do not perform acts of destroying the planet, according to Stark.
When it comes to the food chain being an issue related to global warming, a vegetarian diet is suggested since growing those foods produces less greenhouse gases, according to Stark.
There were a number of theoretical and moral solutions discussed at this panel as well. It was mentioned that global warming was defined as the “human domination of nature.”
The panel concluded by explaining to students that the actions performed by past generations are now irreversible and it takes an estimated 1,000 years for bits of carbon to be released from earth’s atmosphere.
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