Forum 2014: A Cascade of Loss, An Ethics of Recovery
The 2014 Forum theme was "A Cascade of Loss, An Ethics of Recovery,” and coincided with the centennial anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last passenger pigeon. The 2014 Forum on Ethics and Nature marked this occasion by exploring the topic of extinction, balancing information with ethical reflection about the possibilities of biodiversity and biocultural recovery.
Forum speakers were asked to discuss the new ecological realities in front of us and offer their expert opinions on how we should respond to them with care. Topics included: 1) ethical deliberation about recovering species through various means (e.g., the current de-extinction "debate" and various forms of ecosystem intervention), 2) the destabilization and loss of culture and how this may be related to biodiversity loss, and 3) the establishment of new relationships in order to work toward the recovery of cultural and biological diversity.
This full-day symposium featured diverse and well-regarded speakers, panel Q & A discussions with our audience, and Botanic Garden-related activities. Videos of all the presentations and the Q & A panels are available here.