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This series considers the environmental changes and challenges facing us now and in our lifetimes, through the year 2050. Lectures tackle issues such as climate change, alternative energy, biodiversity, public health crises, and sustainability efforts at Holy Cross through 2050.

In Our Lifetime: Environmental Change and Stewardship College of the Holy Cross

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This series considers the environmental changes and challenges facing us now and in our lifetimes, through the year 2050. Lectures tackle issues such as climate change, alternative energy, biodiversity, public health crises, and sustainability efforts at Holy Cross through 2050.

    • video
    Panel Discussion: "Pope Francis on the Globalization of Environmental Responsibility"

    Panel Discussion: "Pope Francis on the Globalization of Environmental Responsibility"

    Members of the Holy Cross faculty offer multidisciplinary analyses of Pope Francis' encyclical letter "Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home," released in May 2015. Panelists are: Kelly Wolfe-Bellin, director of biology laboratories and lecturer in biology; Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history; Matthew Eggemeier, associate professor of religious studies; Katherine Kiel, professor and chair of economics and accounting; and Daina Harvey, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. Loren Cass, professor of political science and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, moderated the discussion.

    Co-sponsored by the McFarland Center and Environmental Studies.

    • 1 Std. 3 Min.
    • video
    Julia Finomo "The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Oil Drilling in the Niger Delta: An Ethical Perspective"

    Julia Finomo "The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Oil Drilling in the Niger Delta: An Ethical Perspective"

    Environmental ethicist Julia Finomo, a native of the Niger Delta and lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, describes the environmental degradation due to oil drilling and gas flaring in the Niger Delta region since 1956. Slack practices of multinational oil companies have led to losses of health and livelihood for Niger Delta natives. Finomo advocates for an ecological solidarity among the oil companies, the Nigerian government and the local people to find a path to sustainability.

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    Juliet Schor "Climate Responsibility and New Cultures of Consumption"

    Juliet Schor "Climate Responsibility and New Cultures of Consumption"

    Professor of sociology at Boston College and former associate professor of economics at Harvard University, Juliet Schor is working on issues of sustainable consumption and production, with particular emphasis on political consumption, new patterns of time-use, and alternative economic structures. As a member of a MacArthur Research Network she is studying the emergence of collaborative consumption, the re-use and sharing of local resources. This lecture was co-sponsored by Sociology and Anthropology, the McFarland Center, and Montserrat.

    Kieran Suckling "The Biodiversity Crisis: Why Driving Species Extinct Makes Us Less Human"

    Kieran Suckling "The Biodiversity Crisis: Why Driving Species Extinct Makes Us Less Human"

    Kieran Suckling ‘88, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, will talk about the extent of biodiversity loss in the U.S. and globally, and why the extinction crisis, though most often spoken of in ecological terms, is undermining our own humanity.

    • 39 Min.
    John Cannon and Katherine Kiel "Saving the Environment: What Might Have to Change at Holy Cross?"

    John Cannon and Katherine Kiel "Saving the Environment: What Might Have to Change at Holy Cross?"

    Two members of the Presidential Task Force on the Environment at Holy Cross, John Cannon, associate director of physical plant, and Katherine Kiel, associate professor of economics, talk about the efforts of the College and the actions of students that have the greatest positive and negative impacts on sustainability on campus.

    • 54 Min.
    Steven Solomon "When the Well Runs Dry: Finding Solutions for the Freshwater Crisis"

    Steven Solomon "When the Well Runs Dry: Finding Solutions for the Freshwater Crisis"

    Steven Solomon, journalist and author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, asserts that freshwater scarcity is one of the 21st century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving new political, economic and environmental realities across the globe.

    • 52 Min.

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