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Day 23: Faith and Sustainability in Silicon Valley

READ: 

Excerpt from "The Land Ethic," Leopold's Final essay in A Sand County Almanac... “All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for his place in that community, but his ethics prompt him also to co-operate (perhaps in order that there may be a place to compete for). The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively Land: This sounds simple: Do we not already sing our love for and obligation to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, but just what and whom do we love? Certainly not the soil, which we are sending helter-skelter downriver. Certainly not the waters, which we assume have no function except to turn turbines, float barges, and carry sewage. Certainly not the plants, of which we exterminate whole communities without batting an eye. Certainly not the animals, of which we have already extirpated many of the largest and most beautiful species. A land ethic of course cannot prevent the alteration, management, and use of these “resources”, but it does affirm their right to continued existence, and, at least in spots, their continued existence in natural state. In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land community to a plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such." -Aldo Leopold 1949)

Aldo Leopold’s land ethic is more relevant to the 2lst century than when conceived in the early decades of the 20th. Solving global environmental challenges will require ecologically literate leader- citizens who embrace this ethic.

ACT:

Today's challenge invites you to attend the interfaith symposium: "Faith and Sustainability in Silicon Valley: Sharing the Vision, Building Community and Taking Action" The event will be held in the Nobili Dining Room between 5-8 p.m. The symposium begins with a viewing of a pertinent document, "Blue Gold," which explores the dire consequences of the commoditization of water. Following the film, there will be an interfaith panel discussing diverse faith perspectives on this issue. In the final hour, utilizing the Catholic Sustainability Toolkit, we will identify and plan specific actions we can take as communities of faith committed to sustainability between now and Earth Day, April 22, 2014, when we will reconvene for follow-up.

REFLECT:

“…It is the little things that citizens do that will make the difference… My little thing is to plant trees.” - the Late Prof. Wangari Maathai : 20004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Contributed by Teresia Hinga, Boo Riley, & David Gray (Religious Studies Department)

 

Also, today is Campus Sustainability Day! 
Be sure to stop by the festivities in front of the Learning Commons, 11am-1:30pm.

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