June 26, 2017
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.
Monday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.: Putting a Price on Nature – Should We?
Sunday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.: Connections between People & Nature: Entering Cadillac Desert
At the June web meeting, we welcome Gregory R. Biddinger, Ph.D., Managing Director and Principle, Natural Land Management. At the turn of the millennium, the United Nations Environmental Program put out a call to Ecologists and Economists to come together to create a vision of how natural systems provide essential support for human communities. Over the last decade there has been an explosion of intellectual energy focused on refining the original concept and building an acceptable methodology to quantify the value of nature. Some would say putting a price on nature or more broadly defining a value for natural systems is problematic. Some would even suggest it is ethically inappropriate and technically suspect. We will explore both sides of this question in general and more specifically in line with life in Houston. To join this online conversation, please register at eventbrite.com to receive an invitation to the web meeting.
At the July web meeting, we welcome Andy Gerhart, who holds a masters degree in history, a PhD in environment and resources, and is pursuing a masters of divinity. Water is spiritually animate and powerful. Whether through its abundance in oceans and rivers, its magnificence in rain, or its stark absence in deserts, water has been worshipped and considered sacred by different religions and cultures for millennia. It is fundamental to life; physically making up 60-80% of our bodies, and all of our blood and our tears. It is chemically miraculous, older even than our sun. However, it is also a finite resource, often taken for granted in our world. As climate change redistributes it unpredictably through droughts and floods, new tragedies of water inequities are taking shape, as documented in environmental historian Marc Reisner's classic, Cadillac Desert. As we enter new cadillac deserts, it is important that we reawaken a reverence for water that pours into new laws, policies, and acts of kindness. To join this online conversation, please register at eventbrite.com to receive an invitation to the web meeting.
For more information about either talk, contact Lisa Brenskelle.
Note that all meetings are recorded. Contact Elmer Ledesma for a copy of any of the following prior conversations on Connections between People & Nature:
The Human Microbiome