Ethics, Public Policy, and Environmental Science

Benjamin Hale

This NSF-funded joint project between Northern Arizona University, the University of Montana, and the University of Colorado at Boulder aims to develop educational resources that will enable graduate students in the natural sciences to develop the fundamental skills needed to navigate the intersection of ethics, public policy, and environmental science. The CU-Boulder team led by Ben Hale will produce approximately twelve 5-10 minute video episodes designed to call attention to important ethical questions underlying the climate debate. These videos will highlight the scientific, policy, and human dimensions of regionally important environmental issues, each with a connection to climate change. By introducing ethical questions through relevant scenarios and concrete cases that include the testimony of stakeholders and visual illustrations of the scientific and philosophical factors in play, students can be drawn into deliberative engagement with instructors and classmates.