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On faith and being stewards of the Earth

JoAnne Viviano of the Columbus Dispatch reported on yesterday’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges”:

The 20 Muslim youths who spent last weekend cleaning up Sullivant Avenue on the West Side as a community-service project were hoping to make their city a bit greener.

Some of the teens might own just one pair of jeans and a couple of T-shirts. But for them, protecting the environment wasn’t something to deal with only after all their other needs were met.

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Ohio State students launch ‘Environmental ScienceBites’ iBook

Environmental Science Bites 3A new free iBook written by students in an introductory environmental science course at Ohio State describes some of Earth’s biggest challenges and how people are using cutting-edge science and engineering for sustainable solutions. Called Environmental ScienceBites, the 184-page e-book for Apple devices was written by undergraduate students in Introduction to Environmental Science, which is offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. A version of the book is also available for Android devices. Read the whole story …

Does nature have intrinsic value?

Does nature have value beyond what it provides people? CFAES researcher Jeremy Bruskotter and colleagues discussed that question in a recent Epoch Times article. A survey by the team in Ohio, for example, found that more than 82 percent of Ohioans acknowledged the intrinsic value of wildlife. In the same survey, more than 90 percent of people who strongly identified as “conservationists” acknowledged nature’s intrinsic value.

But if so very many of us believe in nature’s intrinsic value, then why do we seem to behave otherwise? … Why do we as a society make so many decisions that appear to be, or that actually are, inconsistent with the idea that nature possesses intrinsic value?

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Regarding next Tuesday’s Environmental Professionals Network program: “Perhaps the strengthening faith-based initiatives can … help overcome the political gridlock that so many environmental issues are challenged by.”

Renewable Energy Workshop is Nov. 4

PSEG solar farmA solar installer whose headquarters has its own sun-powered system and the largest solar farm in Ohio, which covers an area equal to some 80 football fields, are two of the highlights of the 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop. The event, which CFAES is sponsoring, is Nov. 4 in Carey in northwest Ohio. Read more here. Download the flier and registration form here. (Photo: PSEG solar farm in Wyandot County by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES Marketing and Communications.)

Can faith fight climate change? Talk on religion and environment

Religion and the environment 2Four religious leaders with roots in Ohio will speak in a panel discussion called “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges” on Oct. 13 at Ohio State. Read More »

Sept. 28: Brundtland to speak on global sustainability

brundtland_gro-feature.bebb54ccOn Monday, Sept. 28, the Discovery Themes Provost’s Lecturer Program at Ohio State will present Gro Harlem Brundtland, an internationally known thought leader and advocate for human rights and a leading voice on climate change, sustainable development and global health issues. She will deliver “Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century” at 3:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. in Columbus. The lecture is open to the public. Read More »

Climate change deniers are now ‘those who reject mainstream science’

The Associated Press has revised its Stylebook entry on climate change. “We are adding a brief description of those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces,” said a post yesterday on AP’s Definitive Source blog. “Our guidance is to use ‘climate change doubters’ or ‘those who reject mainstream climate science’ and to avoid the use of ‘skeptics’ or ‘deniers.’ ” CFAES, Ohio State, and many if not most American newspapers and other news outlets follow AP style.

Cardinal Turkson to speak at Ohio State

Cardinal Turkson 2Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the first cardinal from Ghana, will speak on global sustainability on Ohio State’s Columbus campus at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. His talk will be followed by a fireside chat with Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. The event is open to the public, but you need a ticket to attend. Read more here, including about how to buy tickets. (Photo: Haiducul licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

Greener, more energy-efficient homes and places of worship

Saving energy 2People’s homes and places of worship can be greener. They can save energy, save money and cut their climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions. A speaker at CFAES’s Farm Science Review, which is Sept. 22-24 in London, Ohio, will show how …