In Pursuit of the Common Good: A New Alliance between Science, Religion and Policy
The Lecturer and Lecture:
Veerabhadran (“Ram”) Ramanathan is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences and Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. He has made major scientific discoveries about the influence of human activities on global warming: for example, he proved that chlorofluorocarbons, such as Freon and aerosol sprays, are 10,000 times more potent in causing global warming than carbon dioxide. As a result of this research, chlorofluorocarbons were banned in the U. S. three years later. More recently, he has shown that global warming can be slowed by curbing short-lived climate pollutants. He has influenced Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home,” as well as the Paris Conference on Climate Change at which over 190 nations agreed for the first time to strive to limit the human-induced increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Pope John Paul II appointed Ramanathan for life to the Pontifical Academy at the Vatican in 2004. In 2014, Ram was co-organizer of a Vatican conference of distinguished natural and social scientists, philosophers, and policy makers on “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature.” In a meeting with Pope Francis he stressed the moral dimensions of climate change, especially the dire consequences for the poorest three billion people on this planet. Ramanathan is convinced that for humanity to act decisively on global warming religions have an indispensable role.
The Burke Lectureship is co-sponsoring this lecture in conjunction with “Degrees of Health and Well-Being,” a series sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities. Tickets for this lecture are required, but free. To obtain a ticket, copy the following website address into your browser: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultures-disparities-societies-degrees-of-health-and-well-being-tickets-19539896356.
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- From I-5 take exit 29 for Genesee Avenue and head west on Genesee Avenue.
- Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road [third traffic light].
- Make the second left onto Pangea Drive.
- Turn left into the Pangea Parking Structure.
- All visitors must purchase a parking permit from the meter located on the top floor of the parking structure.