Stanley L. Olsen
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Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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Gilman D. Veith

The role of science in stewardship and environmental ethics

Wednesday May 10, 2000, 7:30 PM
Gilbert Science Center 100
Alumni Auditorium
Augustana College

This talk is free and open to the public.

PowerPoint presentation

Sponsored by the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values

Gilman D. Veith

Gilman D. Veith

Associate Director for Ecology
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

    Sustainable global economies and living standards are coming to the forefront of public debate, yet we have no prospective measures of sustainability. Environmental stewardship is a rallying point for many conflicting interests, so much so that its role in guiding sustainable living is endangered. Environmental scientists must define the boundaries between our use and abuse of natural resources and assist the social sciences in making stewardship a tangible centerpiece of environmental ethics. For this important public debate, I hope to share some successes and current challenges of the ecological research program in EPA.

    Two articles are recommended for reading in advance, to help set the context for the presentation.

    Robert Goodland and Herman Daly. 1996 "Environmental Sustainablity: Universal and Non-Negotiable", Ecological Applications, 6(4) pp 1002-1017

    and a more general article:

    Thomas F. Homer-Dixon, Jeffrey H. Boutewell and George W. Rathjens. 1993 "Environmental Change and Violent Conflict", Scientific American, February, 268(1) pp38-45.

    Both are available at Mikkelsen Library at Augustana College.

    On campus, the Goodland paper, and the Homer-Dixon paper (without figures) can also be read on-line.

    These energy-related web sites are also pertinent to this presentation:

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