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

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-driver 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”?

Please join Massey Talks! and the Massey Environment Committee on February 10th, 2016 as we answer these, and other, pressing questions on the theme of climate change. On February 10th, 2016 we are proud to be joined by:

Dr. Jack Costello, Adjunct Professor at Regis College, Director of the Jesuit Refugeee and Migrant Service, Senior Fellow
• Jack Costello is a director of the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service, chaplan and board member at Romero House for Refugees, member of the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition, Council of Canadians, and PEN Canada.

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 Department of Anthropology (UTM) and School of the Environment, Senior Fellow
• Stephen Scharper’s research interests involve environmental ethics, environmental worldviews, liberation theology and ecology, religions and environmentalism, and ecological worldviews.
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.

Talks take place in the intimate setting of the Massey College Upper Library. Both speakers and members of the audience come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds and represent the best of the interdisciplinary spirit of the college.

Massey Talks! will take place on February 10th, from 7:45-8:45pm directly following the NRDIH.

No reservation is required. We hope to see you all there.

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