Sunday, September 2, 2007

SACC hosts two major events for Environment Week

SACC is hosting two educational events in September as part of Environment Week.

The first is a lecture called "The Religious Ethics of Climate Change" held on Friday September 28th at 3:00 p.m.

The speakers are Prof. Danny Harvey of the Geography Dept. U of T, and Profs. Larry Schmidt, Stephen Scharper, Harry Fox, all of the Religion Dept. U of T, and Prof. Martin Adam, professor of religious studies at University of Victoria.

Prof. Harvey, a researcher on climate change since 1978, will give us an overview of the science and provide some practical public policy solutions for determining carbon emission quotas. He teaches courses on climate change at U of T.

Prof. Schmidt will give us an overview of the necessity of adopting a universal "ethic of limitations." He teaches courses on the ethics and technology and ethics and the environment.

Prof. Scharper is an expert on the intersection of religion and the environment and the works of eco-theologian Thomas Berry. He will provide valuable insights into eco-theology. He teaches this subject, and Liberation Theology.

Prof. Fox will give us a Jewish perspective; he teaches a course on Judaism and ecology at U of T.

Prof. Adam is an expert on Buddhism. He will present a paper on Buddhist ethics and climate change. He will be joining us via videoconferencing to avoid the necessity of CO2 pollution through air travel.

Each lecture is about 20 minutes long; some presenters will have a slide show prepared, to illustrate catastrophic climate change and ethical concepts relevant to our discussion of it.

Date: Friday, September 28th, 2007

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed a dinner break. We will convene after the break at 7:00 for a discussion on the lecture and to view a movie on climate change, "Refugees on a Blue Planet."

Location: Room 1069 of Sidney Smith / Student Life Centre (100 St. George)

This event is free to the public. For more info. call Paul York at 416-922-0035.

The second event is "The Power to Choose: A Citizen's Forum on the Energy Future of Ontario" to be held the next day, Sept. 29th, starting at 9:00 a.m.

This event is based on the event of the same name a few months ago at Metro Hall, but this event is decidely oriented towards the U of T campus and is organized by our club, a U of T campus club.

For a description of the original event see

For videos of the original event see

When: Saturday, September 29th, 2007 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W. Room 4-414 (fourth floor, room 414) next to St. George subway.

Members of the public who have something to say on the McGunity plan to invest $43 billion into nuclear energy without public consultation will have their chance to speak.

Several expert speakers are invited, including Dr. Keith Stewart of the World Wildlife Fund and speakers from the Pembina Institute, Greenpeace and Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and faculty from the Engineering Dept. of U of T.

This event is free to the public. Free feed as well.

For more info. call Paul York at 416-922-0035.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

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