SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Michael Howard, professor of philosophy at the University of Maine, will discuss the challenges of global warming at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m.
Global warming and consequent climate change constitute one of the greatest challenges for humankind, according to Howard. Not only is the species’ survival and well-being in the balance but also that of future generations. The problem is a global one that will require unusual global cooperation and agreement on shared principles. In this presentation, Howard will examine several proposals for principles that should govern the sharing of the burdens of climate change and some practical policies warranted by such principles.
Howard specializes in social and political philosophy and teaches courses on justice, political and economic democracy, the history of philosophy (ancient and modern) and formal logic. He has published numerous articles in social and political philosophy, four books, including two on the Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend, as well as an anthology of readings. He is the national coordinator of the United States Basic Income Guarantee Network, co-editor of Basic Income Studies and an active member of the Scholars Strategy Network, the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
This program is made possible by a grant through the Maine Humanities Council. Call the library at 244-7065.