Tensions in Sustainability Forum Series
Understanding environmental concerns in tension with economic and social interests, facilitating constructive conversations about these tensions, and developing environmentally sustainable practices in daily life
The Tensions in Sustainability Forum Series is designed to help people constructively live into a commitment to environmental sustainability. Sustainability has three facets: environmental, social and economic wellbeing. All these goals matter, but they perennially conflict with each other. The Tensions in Sustainability Forum Series equips participants to better understand and constructively address conflicts between environmental concerns on the one hand and economic/social concerns on the other, as these conflicts arise both in participants’ own decisions and in their political, economic, and personal relationships. This series does not offer one-size-fits-all solutions to these enduring conflicts. Rather, it acquaints participants with the historical underpinnings of these challenges, and it helps participants utilize their religious or philosophical worldviews and personal or professional skills to respond to these conflicts.
The series is designed for people who want to increase their knowledge about environmental concerns, facilitate constructive conversations with people about environmental sustainability, and develop environmentally sustainable practices in their own lives. The forum series may be implemented in a number of settings: religious congregations, young professional gatherings, rotary clubs, etc. The Tensions in Sustainability Forum Series is one of several projects undertaken by the CREATE (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment) Program at Emory’s Center for Ethics. All of the information presented in this forum series is available online at our website at www.CREATEForumSeries.com.
Module 1. Stakes of the Tension: A primer on climate change and mass extinction
Module 2. United States History and Expansion: Tensions between US conquest of North America and environmental sustainability
Module 3. Climate Change Controversy: Why and how people reject environmentally sustainable motives
Module 4. Money and Other Motives: Discerning businesses’ role in environmental sustainability
Module 5. Talking It Through: Communicating about environmental challengers across worldview
Module 6. Re-Engaging Nature: Connecting social, religious, and environmental flourishing