Defining Sustainability for Our Times | 2018 Fall Faculty Series

August 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall)

Joy Ochs

Dr. Joy Ochs
Professor of English

Expressions like "sustainability," "going green," and "save the planet" get tossed around as a kind of shorthand for the sense of unease about our human impact on the natural environment and the feeling that we ought to "do something" about it. But how can we address a serious problem of global significance if we have only a vague notion of what it is?

The 2018 Fall Faculty Series kick-off event will lay out a comprehensive definition of sustainability and provide a road map of the social, economic, and environmental concerns that will be addressed. We will explore what kind of world becomes possible through truly sustainable solutions.

This event is a part of the 2018 Fall Faculty Series | Sustainability: Human/Nature & the Future of the Earth

In 1987 the United Nations defined sustainability as "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, an accelerating global demand for natural resources has exceeded the earth's ability to replenish itself.

Focusing on the Mercy Critical Concern of care for the earth, the 2018 Fall Faculty Series looks at the human relationship with the planet we call home and explores the environmental, economic, social, and spiritual causes and consequences of a growing planetary crisis.


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