Pre-Earth Week Panel Discussion Focuses on ‘Economics Without Ecocide’

Posted: April 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

As a prologue to Earth Week 2009, Mason’s Office of Sustainability has planned a presentation and panel discussion on Thursday, April 16, titled “Economics Without Ecocide.” The program features several Mason faculty members and Peter G. Brown, author of “Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy.”

The presentation begins at noon in Student Union Building II, Rooms 5-7, on the Fairfax Campus.

Brown is currently a professor in the School of Environment at McGill University. While a professor at the University of Maryland, he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and the School of Public Policy itself, and also established the school’s environmental policy programs.

Following his talk, Brown and Mason faculty members will participate in a moderated panel discussion informed by audience questions and comments.

The panel will explore the idea of rebuilding our world economy from a cross-disciplinary perspective in line with ecology, ethics, social responsibility, science and economics with respect to perceptions of humanity’s place on Earth.

Mason panelists are Peter Balint, Public and International Affairs and Environmental Science and Policy; Susan A. Crate, Environmental Science and Policy; and Robert Nadeau, English.

Colin Bennett, sustainability assistant in the Office of Sustainability, will moderate.

Brown’s book will be available for purchase before and after the event and Brown will sign books after the panel discussion ends at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, e-mail Aaron Hartman.

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