Welcome to the blog of the course and textbook Facing up to global warming: What is going on and what you can do about it. This course is run by Professor Nick Gray of the Trinity Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It’s the 22nd April and it is Earth Day!

Why do we need Earth Day?

Because it works!  Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in Earth Day events and campaigns every year. So you need to start celebrating as well!

We are celebrating Earth Day by releasing details of a new book:

Facing up to Global Warming
What is going on and how you can make a difference

The book written by Professor Nick Gray, Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin, is based on his course  Living Sustainably: A guide to surviving a changing planet.  The book is to be published by Springer and is due out in the summer.

To find out more about the book look at its website http://www.ournewclimate.com

To read more about the Earth Day movement and its history use the link:  http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainable Development – Project

Here is a very interesting and useful comment about Lecture/Chapter 2 of the new textbook  Facing up to Global Warming and thanks to Paul O'Gorman for sharing it:

"I like this fourth element in the economy-ecology-social nexus, which I found in “Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainable Development – Project” on the Earth Charter site. The inspiration for this project crystallized at the Earth Charter +10 Conference in Ahmedabad, India, which called for deepening the general understanding of sustainable development that considers sustainability based on distinct but interrelated ecological, social and economic dimensions. The former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers stated: "We may even begin to speak about four ‘P's: People, Planet, Profit and ‘Pneuma' " Earth Charter International Council Co-Chair Steven C. Rockefeller commented: "There is a fourth pillar - the global ethical and spiritual consciousness that is awakening in civil society around the world and that finds expression in the Earth Charter. This global ethical consciousness is in truth the first pillar of a sustainable way of life, because it involves the internalization of the values of sustainable human development and provides the inspiration and motivation to act as well as essential guidance regarding the path to genuine sustainability."

To learn all about the Earth Charter access their information pack here.