Bodaken Philosophy Symposium focuses on ‘Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change’ in Oct. 14 talk

The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change is the topic for the 2021 Bodaken Symposium event

The Bodaken Philosophy Symposium, funded and developed by CSU alumnus Bruce Bodaken (‘73), brings together members of the CSU and Northern Colorado communities to discuss the most pressing issues of today’s society in conjunction with leading philosophers and experts from around the world. This year, the challenge of climate change is at the forefront of Symposium discussion. As this issue continues to spur global concern and desires for resolution, the need for a decisive and innovative dialogue becomes all the more pressing. In an effort to shine light on one potential solution, this year’s Bodaken Philosophy Symposium will challenge attendees to consider the failures of, and possible glimmers of hope in, global climate policy. 

Guest speaker Stephen Gardiner, professor of philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of human dimensions of the environment at the University of Washington, will present his take on the world’s state of climate crisis and what we can do about it. Gardiner’s research and specializations focus on ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. He is a leading expert on climate ethics and author of the book A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change.

During his Symposium lecture entitled, “The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change: A Proposal for a Global Constitutional Convention,” Gardiner will introduce an idea for a supranational organization that would take the reins on managing climate change for the world. According to Gardiner, past and current climate initiatives have been far from sufficient, demanding a highly aggressive approach to get the world back on track. 

Join the conversation on October 14 to engage in discussion and contribute the increasingly vital discourse on climate change solutions. The Symposium is free and open to the public and will take place at the Smith Alumni Center Event Hall at 5:30pm, located on 701 West Pitkin Street. RSVP for the event.