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Papers Selected for Duquesne University Climate Change Conference

The selection committee for Duquesne University’s Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation has chosen the papers to be presented during the inaugural event focusing on climate change.

In the wake of the pope’s encyclical on the environment, scholars and researchers will gather on the Duquesne campus from Wednesday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 2, to discuss climate change and its impacts. Scientific, secular and religious global perspectives are included in the dozen presentations to be delivered by individuals representing organizations from Uganda to Omaha, Neb., Cornell, N.Y., San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

“Climate change affects every person living on the planet, although the poor, the marginalized and those in developing countries are likely to bear the brunt of climate change impacts,” said Dr. Gerard Magill, chair of Duquesne’s Integrity of Creation committee, which is coordinating the climate change conference. “As a Spiritan, Catholic institution, Duquesne will host speakers who will present from scientific, moral and religious perspectives, encouraging robust discussion about practical stewardship issues around climate change.”

Full abstracts are available for these presentation topics:

  • A New Moral Climate: What Pope Francis' Eco-encyclical Implies for Admissible Climate Policy
  • Climate Change Ecology: Catholic Moral Reflections
  • Disaster, Climate Change and Public Health: Building Social-Ecological Resilience
  • Gift and Fiesta: Two Ways from the Hispanic Latino/a Perspective to Combat Climate Change
  • Mitigating Climate Change: Execution of Energy Infrastructure Projects in the Developing World
  • Operationalizing Organizational Sustainability and Integrity of Creation
  • Organizational Understanding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 'Unfinished Business'
  • Rethinking the Social Role of Universities in Response to the Climate Emergency
  • Sam's (Not So) Perfect World: Creation Justice and Eco-Social Disability
  • Stewards of the Natural Environment Resources: A Role for the Association of Religious in Uganda (ARU) in Sustaining Uganda's Natural Environment Resources
  • The EPA's Clean Power Plan and Its Effects on Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.duq.edu/ioc.

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