Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald and historian and writer James McWilliams will be speaking at New York University’s Kimmel Center on animals and the environment. The lecture, entitled Animals and the Environment: the Future of Food & the Ethics of What We Eat, will discuss the current state of empirical research on agriculture and the environment, with a special focus on the role of animals in this conversation. Topics include the natural resource and ethical implications of these recent trends and the state of policy and public dialogue. Proposed solutions that rely on local and nonindustrial production have their own downsides. This panel will discuss the impacts, viability, and ethical concerns that arise with these solutions.
The substantial environmental impacts of agriculture are increasingly entering public discourse. They are major contributors to climate change, land use change, pollution and resource use. According to the UN, animals are often the largest contributors to this problem. Further, rising consumption and growth of the livestock sector exacerbate these trends. Proposed solutions include a return to local agriculture, rejection of industrial forms of agriculture, and changes in lifestyle.
Date: April 15th, 2014
Time: 6 PM
Location: Kimmel Center, Room 803, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
RSVP is required. You may RSVP here.
We hope to see you there!