Thursday, May 2, 7pm
Our values and belief structures were derived when the world was relatively empty of humans and human impacts. That is no longer the situation as the Earth is being filled up and in some cases overwhelmed by human impacts. Earth Church is a concept of earth-focused spirituality derived in part from existing faith concepts and in part from the realities that we face as we encounter a future that includes climate change, water supply shortages and loss of biological diversity. At its center, Earth Church is a vision of a way of life and spiritual thinking adapted for life in the full world.
Jim Blackburn is a practicing environmental lawyer with the firm of BlackburnCarter and Professor of the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University where he serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. He is co-director of the SSPEED Center at Rice where he studies coastal resiliency and long-term sustainability. Blackburn’s awards include the Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award presented by Texas Southern University in 2007, the National Conservation Achievement Award in 2001 from the National Wildlife Federation and the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award for coastal preservation efforts from the General Land Office of the State of Texas in 1998.
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