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Faculty Panel

"Pragmatism vs. Idealism in Environmental Management: Lose the Green-Tinted Glasses?"

Panel: Professors Sarah Anderson, Matt Potoski, Jim Salzman

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Ben White, MESM 2014

"Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays." Aldo Leopold

Sarah Anderson

Matt Potoski
James Salzman
Jim Salzman

The environmental movement is populated by many well-intentioned individuals who often have strongly defined, if poorly founded, ideological positions on environmental issues. Many Bren School students, in fact, started their education from this position. In the name of achieving some sort of environmental gain, many have found that beliefs that were once firmly held must give way to compromise to achieve any progress at all. Is this compromise the most pragmatic option for achieving environmentalists' goals, or is too much lost when such compromise is made? What is an appropriate system of ethics that can guide both the environmentalist as well as their ideological opponents? Is there a common "moral compass" that can be used to appeal to each as human beings instead of opponents in a fight?

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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