FtBCON: Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Activism

Tonight I spoke with my Pharyngula co-blogger PZ Myers and my Coyot.es Network colleagues Madhu Katti and Jenn Campbell-Smith about the relationship between Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Action. Or at least that was the intended topic: We talked about a lot more than that. And Jenn had a bird on her head.

The panel discussion was part of FtBCONscience; Atheism With A Conscience — the online conference sponsored by Freethought Blogs still in progress with panels all day Sunday on a wide range of issues. Check it out!

Here’s the conversation between PZ, Madhu, Jenn and me.

2 thoughts on “FtBCON: Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Activism

  1. Caine

    Very good discussion. Much of the time, I feel on the “it’s completely hopeless” side when it comes to environmental issues. Living in an agricultural state, well, people are terribly arrogant, and that arrogance towards other life forms is often justified by wrapping it up in “being practical.” There’s not just a blatant disregard for other life, there’s all too often an ugly, aggressive behaviour in play. I can’t even express my outrage and heartbreak when I see some young assholes deliberately go out of their way on a road to smash a turtle. Or a porcupine. Or a badger, a rabbit, a hare, a pheasant, a, oh the list goes on.

    I’ve been appalled by the complete lack of awareness when it comes to the bee situation. It seems the only people here who do know about it and are very concerned are the bee keepers. And here I thought *farmers* might have a godsdamn clue about it, but no.

    I enjoyed your discussion very much, and I’m half in love with Jen’s bird.

  2. Gladwyn

    Good discussion on how to forestall the decline of biodiversity by recognizing the role of people as one more animal in the wilderness; who should have relationships to all the forms of land that they can live from; and recognizing the cultural/economic overtones of wilderness preachers in emerging biodiversity deserts trying to displace people in places where biodiversity has survived. I liked the periodic changes identified by Copernicus and Darwin and the needed change from human-male-wealth-ocentricism.

    The opening line of biologists as a disappearing work force and the importance of educating and empowering women sets the stage. Women have traditionally cared for the domestic. They manage the utilities represented by firewood and water. Woodlands, wetland, grassland and their defining streams are necessary life forces represented within the goddess. I never though of it as theist so much as a relationship to the land form poetically describing the preservation of biodiversity necessary to enable life. We are fortunate that these tribal systems still exist to inform us. Historically these forces are degraded by the ability to store and defend agriculture feeding new monsters such as Monsanto. The reliance on science, or counting systems, is misplaced, it transfers cognition to another form of magic, instead of learning how to survive within migration permeable landscapes. James G. Workman in Heart of Dryness explores many of these issues.