Colloquium on Ethics in Environmental Policymaking

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.


9:00-9:15 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
Michael Kessler, Berkley Center

9:15-10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynote Address
Shaun Casey, U.S. Department of State
Discussion with Drew Christiansen, S.J. of the Berkley Center followed.

10:15-11:30 a.m. | Environment and Security Panel
Russ Berkoff, A. T. Kearney, Inc.
Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University
Albert C. Pierce, National Defense University
Drew Christiansen, S.J. (moderator), Berkley Center

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lunch

12:30-1:15 p.m. | Keynote Address: Augusto Zampini, CAFOD
Discussion with Gerard Mannion of the Berkley Center followed.

1:15-2:30 p.m. | Environment and Energy Panel
Ana Unruh Cohen, Senate Natural Resource Committee
Jame Schaefer, Marquette University
Lois Schiffer, Environmental Law Expert
Walter Grazer (moderator), Georgetown University

2:45-4:00 p.m. | Environment, Poverty, and Development Panel
Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center
Thomas Massaro, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology
John Russo, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Gerard Mannion (moderator), Berkley Center

4:00-5:15 p.m. | Wrap-up Plenary and Closing Address
Anthony Annett, Earth Institute/Columbia University
Discussion with Walter Grazer of Georgetown University followed.

5:15-6:15 p.m. | Post-Event Reception

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