Section 1: TRACK 2

The Technological Response: Geo-Engineering

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Track 2: The Technological Response: Geo-Engineering

Time may not allow for the more promising responses to global warming. We may be driven to give serious attention to proposals for geo-engineering. Some of these proposals may do more harm than good but others might buy needed time. Discussion in the high tech community is already vigorous. This track will broaden that conversation.

Track Heads

Kevin O’Brien

Associate Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University

Kevin J. O’Brien is an associate professor of religion and the chair of environmental studies at Pacific Lutheran University. His teaching and research focus on Christian environmental ethics, the intersection of religion and the environment, and the intersection of environmental concerns with social justice. He wrote An Ethics of Biodiversity (Georgetown, 2010), co-wrote An Introduction to Christian Environmentalism (Baylor, 2014), and co-edited Grounding Religion (Routledge, 2010) and Inherited Land (Cascade, 2011). In addition to his academic work, Kevin is an executive officer on the board of directors for Earth Ministry, a Seattle-based nonprofit that seeks to help faith communities play a leadership role in response to environmental degradation.

Forrest Clingerman

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Ohio Northern University

Forrest Clingerman is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Ohio Northern University, where he teaches classes in contemporary theology, ethics, and the history of Christian thought. He is co-editor of Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (Ashgate, 2011) and Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (Fordham University Press, 2013). In addition he has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on environmental thought. His recent publications have focused on the meaning of place in environmental philosophy and theology, the relationship between nature and the arts, and theological responses to climate change and climate engineering.

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