Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change


Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


UA Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) N120 Auditorium
1064 E. Lowell Street Tucson, AZ 85719
United States

Join us for this powerful talk with environmental advocate, philosopher, and award-winning author Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D as we examine our motivations and obligations to extend engaged compassionate action toward the environment.

Climate change may be an economic and technological problem. But fundamentally, it is a moral problem, and it calls for a moral response. In this talk, Dr. Moore, author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, takes on the essential questions:

Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?

Meet Kathleen Dean Moore:

As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays about the nature surrounding her home in the Pacific Northwest. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral ugency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. As Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, she taught critcial thinking and environmental ethics. Two years ago, she left the university to focus on writing and speaking out about climate change full time. Her writing has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in Orion, High Country News, Utne Reader, New York Times Magazine, Conservation Biology, Audubon, and many others. Her most recent work is Piano Tide, a novel. 


Included in the evening is a panel discussion exploring the impact of climate change on local and regional geographies, and the impact on human lives, with a focus on how we can move forward to defend a livable climate with compassionate action.

Meet our panelists:

 Alison Hawthorne Deming
 A celebrated writer of poetry, non-fiction and many works on nature and the environment, Alison has won many literary awards and her writing has been widely published and      anthologized. Her work is featured in Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Orion, OnEarth, Southwestern American Literature, Parthenon West, Western Humanities Review, Sierra,  Gnosis, Cutthroat, American Poetry Review, Eleven Eleven,, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and Best  American Science and Nature Writing. Former Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center,  she currently is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice  and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. Her most recent work is Stairway to Heaven, her 5th volume of poetry. 

 Tracey Osborne
An environmental scientist, scholar and advocate, Tracey's research focuses on investigating the ways in which carbon markets and payments     for environmental services intersect with resource access, forest governance and livelihoods in forest communities of southern Mexico. She also  engages in research that explores questions of climate justice in both the Global North and South. She has worked throughout Latin America  and the Caribbean, most extensively in Mexico and Guyana. Tracey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development at  the University of Arizona.

 Terrol Johnson
 Terrol Johnson is a community leader, nationally recognized advocate for  Native  communities and renowned artist. In 1996, Terrol co-founded Tohono O’odham  Community Action (TOCA), a grassroots community organization dedicated to  creating positive programs based in the O’odham Himdag – the Desert People’s  Way. In 2002, Terrol and TOCA Co-Director Tristan Reader were recognized as one  of the nation’s top leadership teams when they received the Ford Foundation’s  Leadership for a Changing World Award. As an artist, Terrol is recognized as one of the top Native American basketweavers in the U.S. He says "Heritage and vision combine in my work, reflecting the world in which I live."


Event is FREE and open to the public
Parking at 6th Street Garage adjacent to ENR2 ($5), or SunLink Streetcar stop at University Blvd.
Limited parking also in UA lots south of 6th Street (no charge after 5:00 PM)

Special Thanks to our event partners