Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Earth-Centered Ethics - The Missing Pillar?
"A new kind of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels." - Albert Einstein, 1946
Einstein's quote responded to the existential threat posed to humanity by the atomic bomb. The Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 'Our Common Future' (1987, aka "the Brundtland Report"), sounded the call for sustainable development, supported by the pillars of economic development, social development and environmental protection, summarized as:
"development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Our March Forum speaker, Dr. Douglas Zook, believes that such thinking "stalls through the decades in large part due to the long traditions of ethics that exclude the ultimate source of human survival and well-being, earth." His work aims to foster "a way of thinking and valuing that is earth-centric rather than Homo sapiens-centric" through the education of teachers and business leaders, and he claims that this shift in ethics is necessary to support "more sustainable practices and policies, such as alternative energy adoption and ecosystems conservation."
We look forward to Dr. Douglas Zook's presentation at the BASEA Forum on March 13th.
** SPECIAL OFFER - free BuildingEnergy 14 Trade Show and Keynote passes **
NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) has allowed us to extend an offer of free passes to the Trade Show (Wed. and Thur.) and Keynote (Wed., 8:45am to 10:30am) portions of BuildingEnergy 14. Enter the promotional code: BASEAATBE14 at the registration page to receive a free pass. The keynote speaker, Amanda Sturgeon, of the Living Building Challenge, will be joined at 9:30am by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who will share insights on upcoming Federal policies that will affect the building and renewable energy fields over the next several years.
Professor Douglas Zook received his PhD in Biology from Clark University. With his longtime colleague and friend, the late renowned evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, he established the international Microcosmos project, which taught the importance of microbial ecology through science teachers in six countries. Dr. Zook served as the President of the International Symbiosis Society and directed the Masters program in Science Education at Boston University for many years, helping more than 500 students become science teachers. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Distinguished Scholar award and recently a European Union Society/Environment/Technology award, he frequently lectures on climate change, global ecology and symbiosis overseas, particularly in collaboration with Jagiellonian University at his "second home", Krakow, Poland. Dr. Zook is an accomplished photographer, centered around his "Earth Gazes Back" ongoing exhibition of unique window reflection images, displayed in showings both in Europe and in Boston.
One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations
Smart Building: High Performance Homes
Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer
AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter
Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule
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The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.
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