What does it take to motivate individuals to change their habits to for the sake of the environment? Knowing the facts about global warming and other environmental threats is not enough, says Gregory Kaebnick, a Hastings Center research scholar. It takes a spiritual “calling,” a sense that individual change will make a moral difference. Kaebnick will discuss the role of secular spirituality as a catalyst for environmental protection at a public event next week in Beacon, N.Y.
Kaebnick, author of Humans in Nature: The World as We Find It and The World as We Create It, will be part of a panel discussion at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, on July 17. Other panelists are John Cronin, senior fellow for Environmental affairs at Pace University, and Reverend Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental coalition. The event will be moderated by Frank Geer, pastor of St. Philips Church in Garrison, N.Y., and a member of The Hastings Center’s board of directors. For more information and to register for the free event, click here.