Environmental Ethics: Theory & Practice Responses to the Climate Crisis in the Global City
Director: Katheryn Doran, Associate Professor of Philosophy
October 29, 2012: battered by Hurricane Sandy, New York City learned first-hand the enormous and deadly costs of climate change. We will explore how, in the intervening (near) decade New York City – citizens, industries, government – has set about to repair the damage and prevent future such catastrophes.
The program will combine theoretical work on environmental ethics with applied attention to a variety of environmental ethical issues, and in particular on the question of how we should respond to the climate crisis.
We will explore questions about the relationships among individual action, political measures, and work in and on the private sector. Among our areas of focus will be varieties of information about and advocacy regarding transportation, environmental education, investment in research and development of energy resources, urban food sources, and building and housing.
Open to all majors. No pre-requisites.
Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Public Policy concentrators and minors may receive up to two credits toward their concentration or minor.
Up to two credits can be allowed towards the Government major for COLEG 396 and COLEG 398, with COLEG 396 being conditional on Departmental approval of the final research project.
Students participated in internships at the following companies this semester:
Futures Ignite, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, LUPii/Allibelle Foods, Inc., City Growers, Mott Haven Community Fridge Network, Morgan Stanley, Inspiring Connections Outdoors-Sierra Club, and Mercado Global.