Filmed during Mind & Life Institute’s “Mind & Life XXIII: Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence ” on October 17-18, 2011.
Topic One – The Science
Industrial Ecology: Connecting Everyday Activity to Planetary Crisis
SPEAKERS: Gregory Norris, Matthieu Ricard
Industrial ecology studies how human systems impact nature in a fine-grained manner, revealing with precision just how everyday operations of systems like energy or industry degrade planetary systems for supporting life. “Life Cycle Analysis” analyzes something as prosaic as detergent or a cell phone as an ongoing process from cradle-to-grave with hundreds or thousands of discrete steps, each of which can be measured for a wide array of environmental, health, and social impacts. Those impacts range from particulate emissions or toxic chemicals, to the ill effects of industrial farming, to child labor or sweat shops. These metrics lay bare the formerly hidden ethical consequences of our individual choices, for example, when we shop.
MODERATOR: Daniel Goleman
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Joan Halifax Roshi