PODCAST – John Patrick on the Ethical Choices Concerning Climate Change

October 2, 2011 – Saint Louis University

The focus on global climate change has recently ebbed and flowed in the public and political arenas. But, with the debate over as to whether human activity contributes significantly to climate change, the debate continues on what will be done to ad-dress it. Essential elements for possible solutions include environmental sustainability, economic development, and social equity. The role of ethics is fundamental in this multi-disciplinary approach. John Patrick retired in 2010 as a Program Analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in Washington, DC. He evaluated and co-authored the February 2, 2009 report from the OIG on EPA’s mitigation and adaptation efforts to con-front climate change.

John has completed his course work in the doctoral program in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, focusing on environmental corporate management and sustainable farming methods. John is currently a co-owner of a small, organic farm near Joelton, Tennessee, and an adjunct professor at David Lipscomb University in Nashville. Prior to Washington, DC, John and Rebecca Selove (his partner) lived in St. Louis and were members of the Ethical Society.