Section I. The Threatening Catastrophe: Responding Now

Organizing for Change and Sustaining Involvement

This track will discuss a problem that pervades movements for change. Those who profit from current policies and institutions are well-entrenched and largely control what the public knows and values. Organizing for change is difficult and sustaining effort over the needed time is even more difficult.

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Roger S. Gottlieb

Professor of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Roger S. Gottlieb is professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of 16 18 books and more than 100 125 articles on environmentalism, religious life, contemporary spirituality, political philosophy, ethics, the Holocaust, feminism, and disability. Professor Gottlieb is internationally known for his work as a leading analyst and exponent of religious environmentalism, for his passionate and moving account of spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, and for his innovative and humane description of the role of religion in a democratic society.

For the last 15 years, Professor Gottlieb has concentrated on the religious, spiritual, and ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis and on the place of religion in a democratic society. His works here include This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment the first comprehensive collection on the topic; A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth, which was praised by John Cobb and Elie Wiesel; Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, which received advance praise from Harvey Cox and Bill McKibben; and A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet’s Future endorsed by the head of the National Council of Churches, and the, executive director of the Sierra Club.

Two of Gottlieb’s recent books both received Nautilus Book Awards: Spirituality: What it Is and Why it Matters and the short story collection Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming. His most recent book is a collection of the best of his essays from the last twenty-five years: Political and Spiritual: Essays on Religion, Environment, Disability, and Justice. The book reveals Gottlieb’s unique ability to connect our collective struggles for a just, rational, and caring society with our personal strivings for contentment, wisdom, and compassion.

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Track Summary: Hope and Commitment in the Face of Climate Change

By David Carlson

Suggested Reading List

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