Why Is Climate Change an Issue of Compassion?

author as environmental advocate

Is nature writing itself a kind of activism?
If so, what is the impact and who is the audience?

a conversation with
Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.d

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Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a
Time of Planetary Change

a talk by Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.d
and panel discussion with 
Alison Hawthorne Deming , Tracey Osborne
and Terrol Johnson 

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Moral Power in the
Climate Fight

a workshop with
Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.d

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Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise - a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life. 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 public talk, Dr. Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the planet? 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?

About 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.