Tag Archive for environmental ethics

Students write about the environmental challenges in Asturias

2016_07_15_P&P_Photo1On the occasion of the release of the encyclical Laudato si’ at the Colegio Santo Ángel de la Guarda  in Gijón, Asturias in Spain, a course on environmental ethics was taught and intended to address crucial questions for understanding the care of the land and sustainability in the region.

The Ethics of Carbon Offsets

logo_SantaClaraThe Pope is not alone in his urgency; as the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise, countries, companies, colleges, and individuals are pledging carbon neutrality. Like many universities, Santa Clara University has a “carbon neutral by the end of 2015” goal, but is meeting the goal enough? As a Jesuit institution, we are called to examine the ethics of the neutrality commitment, and our impressive sustainability goals give us the unique opportunity to influence how other Jesuit and Catholic schools take action on climate change. Carbon offsetting, a common aspect of many carbon neutrality commitments, presents us with an ethical dilemma: Can we pay others to forgive our pollution? As SCU moves forward in our commitment, we must ask ourselves two questions: first, whether we should purchase carbon offsets, and second, what type of offsetting techniques we should fund.