Ecology and Democracy - Growing Roots for Civic Engagement

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 7:00pm
In-Person and Livestream

 The Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice and the Earth Commons invite you to attend a conversation on the intersections of our ecological and political crises, and emerging possibilities for hope.

Join the Center on Faith and Justice and the Earth Commons for a timely conversation on the intersection of ecology and democracy. In this election year, the political fabric of the United States is fraying; so, too, is the ecological web of life that holds all human activity. This conversation will explore the spiritual/value-driven roots of these interconnected crises and will help us imagine possibilities for just responses. At the reception to follow, attendees will have the chance to learn about opportunities to engage in practical next steps.

Carol Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D., currently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She has worked on the United Religions Initiative and the Earth Charter. Dr. Zinn also served as the main representative for the Congregations of St. Joseph, an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations.

Brenda Lee Richardson is an eco-feminist and has been working on welfare reform, environmental justice, economic development, education, behavioral health and health issues for the past 30 years. She serves as the Coordinator of the Anacostia Parks & Community Collaborative as well as the President of Chozen Consulting, LLC She is also the Vice-Chair of the Friends of Oxon Run Park and represents the Friends of Oxon Run Park on the board of Greenspaces for DC.

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Co-Director of Environmental Studies and the new major in Environment & Sustainability, and is a Teaching Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and a Faculty Director in the Designing the Future(s) initiative. He teaches and publishes on subjects including peace and nonviolence, social and environmental justice, political theory, and emerging technologies. His most recent book is Peace Ecology (Routledge 2015).

Jose Aguto, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, which animates the Church's call for us to love and care for God's creation and our vulnerable neighbors as integral dimensions of the Catholic faith. Before joining the Covenant, Jose worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the National Congress of American Indians, and EPA's American Indian Environmental Office. He is a graduate of Brown University and Villanova Law School, and served in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division.

Kathleen Bonnette, Th.D., is the Assistant to the Director and Events Coordinator at the Center on Faith and Justice at Georgetown University, where she also teaches theology. Bonnette was the 2022 Imbesi Fellow at Villanova University’s Augustinian Institute and recently served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, AM Province. She is the author of (R)evolutionary Hope: A Spirituality of Encounter and Engagement in an Evolving World.

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