Kathleen Dean Moore, former professor of philosophy and environmental ethics — and now full-time climate activist — speaks on the moral imperative of acting on climate issues. She was the speaker at our Draw the Line event in Portland, on September 21st, 2013
In her speech to the environmental coalition rally against the Keystone XL pipeline in Portland Saturday, September 21st, philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore took aim at the fossil fuel industry.
She called it out for trying to externalize its shame onto people who use its products. “We are not the enemy,” she said. When you consider the shady actions this industry is taking to keep people dependent on its products, she said, the appropriate response is moral outrage.
The 400 member audience responded enthusiastically to Moore’s words, interrupting often with applause. She announced that she is stepping down from her professorship at Oregon State University to devote herself to climate activism. She has written books on the moral implications of climate change.
“The climate crisis is a moral crisis,” she said, and it’s time for people to stop giving up in despair or hiding behind blind optimism and start accepting their role as responsible persons faced with difficult choices. Read more
350 PDX, Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, Greenpeace, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility present: Kathleen Dean Moore, distinguished Professor of Philosophy, environmental ethicist, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, speaking on climate activism. This is a FREE event.
Saturday, September 21, 2:00pm
First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland 97201
Workshops will follow at 3:15pm. Topics include comment writing for the Longview coal export terminal scoping process, NW fossil fuel exports, and divestment.
– Blue and Red MAX lines stop at Goose Hollow.
– TriMet Bus lines 6, 58 and 68 stop at the church.
– Lines 51 and the 63 stop a few blocks away.
– Free parking at the Church
For more information contact Bonnie McKinlay at 350pdx@gmail or 503-705-1943.
Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has set up a web page to provide resources and information to congregations and denominations as part of its collaboration with Oregon activities of350.org and the Go Fossil Free campaign. The page contains links to resources, guidebooks and articles on fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment as well as copies of resolutions and educational materials from congregations and denominations. Send links to your web pages if you have a resolution or resource to share at email@example.com.