"Sustainability," says David Orr, should be "the default setting, not the aberration."
After a 9-minute introduction to the purpose and person of the day from Dr. Wes Jackson, David Orr starts the morning's discussion. It is the first of three events for him that day, followed by a lecture at Bethany College in Lindsborg, then back to Kansas Wesleyan for the evening presentation.
Dr. Orr has worked with President Carter's administration in 1976 on climate and energy policy and, recently, with President Obama's Joint Chiefs of Staff in connecting sustainability with national security.
He was key in the realization of the new, pollution-free environmental building at Oberlin College and is implementing other large sustainability projects in Oberlin, Ohio.
One of the larger issues raised here is the need to join the "right-left split" in our thinking and our national politics. Oberlin's arts block development is based on joining the arts and sciences in a conversation about the human future.