The slow meltdown of Earth’s capacity to sustain much of life, as we know it, poses an urgent challenge for both spiritual traditions and science. These two ways of knowing have developed distinctive responses, which are potentially synergistic. The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to articulate an engaged environmental ethics. This would include the understanding of interdependence through an examination of the most recent data on the scientific case for effective ecological action. Furthermore, it will be a unique opportunity to meet with other faith traditions that have arrived at a religious basis for motivating environmental activism. A dialogue between contemplative scholars, activists, and ecological scientists could enrich the response to our planetary crisis. Our hope is that this conference will be a significant catalyst for the formulation of new research ideas in these fields, and solutions to our planetary crisis.
LOCATION: Dharamsala, India
Loka Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Convening Faculty, Planning Committee Member