In a couple of days I’m leaving for a science and religion conference about our energy future.
From the conference description: “Energy and climate change are typically discussed in terms of their associated science, technology, economics and politics. However, relatively little attention has been given to fundamental religious and ethical questions surrounding the upcoming transition to renewable energy.
“Culturally, we are entering a period of monumental transition as we encounter the inevitable shift from fossil to renewable fuels. We are depleting fossil fuels while piling up nuclear wastes, yet solar and hydrogen power remain expensive or not significantly in place. As for any technological transition of this magnitude, ultimate success will require good ethics and religion as well as good science and technology. Unfortunately, religious pronouncements to date have been largely dismissed owing to their feeble consideration of accompanying scientific and technological realities. Nevertheless, religious perspectives have the advantage of highlighting ultimate values, regardless of economic and political pressures. The time has thus come to bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and theologians to help effect a sustainable energy future.
“The conference will engage scientific, technological, economic and political issues associated with energy conservation and renewable energies in the context of global warming, sustainability and human purpose. The emphasis will be on (1) ethical and religious perspectives that can be used to guide future energy choices and (2) energy choices which, in turn, might challenge ethical and religious perspectives.”
In thinking about these issues, I’ve decided to do a little research via this blog.
In light of what we know (or think we know) about climate change, peak oil, and our energy future, do you have hope? If so, where does your hope lie? Is it in the healing powers of Earth? Your own efforts toward sustainability? What gives you hope? Development of new technologies? God? Evolution?
Please share. If you do not want your comments published here at this blog, just let me know. I still want to read your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!