Biodiversity, Scientists, and Religious Communities: Conservation Through Collaboration

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Coolidge (Marriott Wardman Park)
Ecological biodiversity is critical to the health of the planet. In fact, the rate of species extinction is considered one of the “planetary boundaries” that must be contained to avoid irrevocable damage to the Earth. While scientific research can help identify the variety of threats endangering wildlife by providing assessment methods and management tools to protect habitats and slow future losses, the involvement and support of local communities is often critical to the actual implementation and efficacy of such strategies. In a world where most people identify with a religion, and may respond to conservation efforts because of the teachings of their faith and religious leaders, successful conservation must involve an understanding of the surrounding communities’ cultural and philosophical values. Can scientists and religious leaders work together to protect the intrinsic beauty and practical benefits of global biodiversity? This symposium presents current research in ecological sciences alongside work from leaders of conservation efforts. Speakers present their experiences in how partnerships between religious communities and science-based ecological organizations can be most effective for biodiversity protection and environmental stewardship.
Se Y. Kim, AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
Se Y. Kim, AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
Daniel Grossman, Dan Grossman Media
Karen Lips, University of Maryland, College Park
The Loss of Salamanders in the U.S.
William Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary
Theological Reasons for Protecting Biodiversity
Peyton West, Frankfurt Zoological Society - U.S.
Protecting Natural Wildlife Habitats Around The Globe