Communicating Environmental Ethics to Make a Difference

This panel explores ethics as the foundation of practising sustainability, within a framework situating environmental values in essential connections among environmental and social justice while prioritizing the pursuit of those goals. We define the meaning of environmental ethics and its place in the learning process at university and beyond, as well as its role in society today and what its role could be, whether as part of a generational shift or otherwise. We interrogate the meaning of sustainability in terms of ethics. We bring together the discussion by asking how we can communicate environmental ethics to make a difference.

Dr. Pedro Marquez, Vice-President, Research and International, Royal Roads University
In 2015, Dr. Pedro Márquez was appointed Vice-President, Global Advancement, Marketing and Business Development for Royal Roads University after serving one year as acting vice-president. Prior to his current appointment, Márquez held the position of dean of the Faculty Management
since joining Royal Roads in 2007. He is a professor of strategic management and international business, with a special emphasis on business ethics and small- to medium-sized enterprises. He has co-authored book chapters and journal articles on the North America Free Trade Agreement, focusing on ideas around founder centrality, comparative attitudes towards business ethical dilemmas and teaching entrepreneurship. His research is focused on corporate accountability, Latin American politics and business, Mexico’s business environment and NAFTA.

Dr. Geo Takach, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University
Geo Takach’s research focuses on environmental communication. His current research explores intersections of environmental communication, arts based research and Indigenist approaches, and raising awareness of (and eyebrows at) how climate change is and can be framed in public discourse. Based in the School of Communication and Culture, he also teaches in the School of Environment and Sustainability. His teaching embraces diverse aspects of communication, from theory and cultural contexts to practical strategies and media production.

Dr. Runa Das, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University 
Dr. Runa Das is an assistant professor and core faculty member in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her interdisciplinary research explores the assessment and practice of sustainability with a specific focus on energy-related issues. She is interested in the human dimensions of energy use, energy transitions, energy poverty, and energy policy, with the focus of how to decarbonize society equitably.

Lynne Couves, Student, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Lynne is the daughter of a mixed-blood Inuit mother and Caucasian father, raised an urbanite in Calgary, AB and rooted in ancestral values and practices. A mother, wife, communications practitioner and Masters student in Environmental Education & Communication at RRU, she’s attempting to focus her research interests for a thesis…eventually...

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