Colloquium on Ethics in Environmental Policymaking

September 30, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. EDT
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map

In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government.

Panelists discussed the intersection of environmental policy with three other fields of policymaking: national security, energy, and poverty and development. Participants sought to uncover the different perspectives, values, and interests of environmental policymakers with disparate organizational responsibilities, diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and moral commitments and explore ways of resolving differences.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Global Futures Initiative.


Welcome and Opening Remarks | Michael Kessler

Opening Keynote Address | Shaun Casey, Drew Christiansen, S.J. (discussant)

Environment and Security Panel | Russ Berkoff, Maryann Cusimano Love, Albert C. Pierce, Drew Christiansen, S.J. (moderator)

Keynote Address | Augusto Zampini, Gerard Mannion (discussant)

Environment and Energy Panel | Ana Unruh Cohen, Jame Schaefer, Lois Schiffer, Walter Grazer (moderator)

Environment, Poverty, and Development Panel | Katherine Marshall, Thomas Massaro, S.J., John Russo, Gerard Mannion (moderator)

Wrap-up Plenary and Closing Address | Anthony Annett, Walter Grazer (discussant)

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