Sedona AZ (March 24, 2017) – “Human-caused climate change presents us with perhaps the most profound ethical dilemma ever to face humanity. As such, it is a deeply philosophical problem forcing us to honestly confront who we are and what we value” said Dr. Matthew Goodwin, a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Northern Arizona University (“NAU”).
Join Keep Sedona Beautiful on Wednesday, April 12th for its Preserving the Wonder(tm) Speaker Series to hear more about what would be a philosophical way to address human-caused climate change.
Free to members, residents and visitors – all are welcome to join Keep Sedona Beautiful (“KSB”) at 5:30 p.m. at its historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road. The evening will include complimentary appetizers donated by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano and refreshments provided by KSB.
Dr. Goodwin specializes in environmental ethics and phenomenology and is a faculty affiliate of the interdisciplinary sustainable communities at NAU. He was a recent participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on extending Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic,” and is an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar.
According to Goodwin, “Philosophy shares with science an interest in discovering what is true or real, and it provides guidelines for what counts as knowledge as opposed to mere opinion. Philosophy also goes beyond what can be scientifically knowable and helps us to articulate how we think we should behave, what is moral and ethical behavior, and what kind of society we would like to inhabit.”
Dr. Goodwin “… will discuss the state of scientific knowledge regarding human-caused climate change, including the differences between empirical evidence and future projections. I will address the nature of uncertainty in science and discuss one area scientists are most actively working on now: the sixth mass extinction that we are currently undergoing and for which we are responsible. This talk will seek to provide helpful ways to address climate change misinformation and inaction; it will be followed by an open discussion and active participation will be encouraged to help brainstorm on ways to address this crisis.”
Keep Sedona Beautiful’s monthly Preserving the Wonder(tm) Speaker Series is held the second Wednesday of each month from September through May. It focuses on presenting a diversity of programs relevant to the unique environment of our region.
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that, by acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protecting and sustaining the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area. For more information about Keep Sedona Beautiful, please call 928.282.4938, or visit http://www.keepsedonabeautiful.org/.