The cycle series of Seminars on Environmental Ethics includes conferences by experts in which very diverse issues related to our lines of work have been discussed. Among the topics addressed in recent years are the ethical bases of environmental law, animal ethics, sustainable consumption, economy and environment, ecofeminism, environmental impact of infrastructures, education for sustainability, religious values in conservation, or ethical values of environmental organizations.
SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020:
Ethical dimensions of climate change
On January 30, we enjoyed the conference "Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change", given by Ms. Carmen Velayos (professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the University of Salamanca).
Psychology and climate change
On February 27, we attended the conference “Psychology and climate change: psychological barriers to pro-environmentality in the climate emergency”, led by Prof. José Antonio Corraliza, Professor of Social Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
SCHOOL YEAR 2018/2019:
"Ecofeminism and Social Ecology: the mutual aid pacts"
On March 12, 2019 we had Dina Garzón Pacheco in the Seminars on Environmental Ethics, and she gave the following conference "Ecofeminism and Social Ecology: mutual aid pacts" [Leer más]
"Ethics of conservation in IUCN and UNESCO"
On April 11, 2019 we enjoyed the conference "Recent contributions to environmental ethics from the large international conservation organizations", given by Dr. Josep Maria Mallarach , member of the Commission for Protected Areas and Environmental Policies of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and also the Ethics Commission of the Xarxa de Conservació de la Natura de Catalunya. [Leer más]
"Sustainability as a transversal subject in university teaching: possible approaches"
On November 27, 2018, Professor Gala Arias participated in the Seminars on Environmental Ethics, with the entitled conference "Sustainability as a transversal subject in university teaching: possible approaches" [Leer más]
"Ethics and integrity in water management"
On February 7, 2019, the consultant Dr. Francesc Bellaubi participated in the Seminars on Environmental Ethics with the entitled conference "Ethics and integrity in water management", in which he presented studies carried out in Africa and South America. [Leer más]
SCHOOL YEAR 2017/2018:
Sustainability, happiness and environmental ethics
Professor Alfredo Marcos (University of Valladolid) participated on April 19, 2018 in the Cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics with the conference “Sustainable Happiness”. The Professor of Philosophy began his speech by throwing into the air the question "Is sustainability possible without happiness?", As a prelude to what would be the subsequent dissertation whose synthesis he also advanced: in the current context, we can hardly tackle environmental problems without understanding what is the human being and what is a happy life.
Past, present, and future of environmental law
On the afternoon of Thursday, April 5, 2018, we enjoyed the intervention of Mr. Francisco Javier Sanz, Professor of Administrative Law and Director of the Coastal Observatory of the University of La Coruña.
Factors that determine sustainable consumption
Professor Carmen Valor (University Pontificia Comillas) led the seminar "Consumers and sustainability: factors for adopting sustainable lifestyles" on February 8, 2018. The speaker began by asking those present open questions about the concepts of sustainability, sustainable consumption, green consumption… and then went on to analyze one by one the main factors that determine this type of consumption.
Seminar "Community tourism and local development"
On November 30, 2017, we had the participation of Professor Edson Vicente Da Silva (Department of Geography, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil) in the Cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics. In his conference, entitled "Community tourism and local development", the speaker analyzed the peculiarities of tourist developments that occur in isolated areas with indigenous communities.
Colloquia on Human Ecology
On May 17, 2018, Professor Emilio Chuvieco participated in the cycle of Human Ecology Colloquia at the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation, with the conference “Science and Religion for the Care of the Common Home”.
SCHOOL YEAR 2016/2017:
"Towards a positive management of socio-environmental conflicts"
In April 2017 we had as a guest at the Seminars on Environmental Ethics Mr. Antonio Ruiz Salgado, Doctor of Law, specialized in Environmental Administrative Law and analysis of environmental public policies, who has extensive experience in mediation processes in socio-environmental conflicts.
"Environment and promotion of development"
María Teresa Martín-Crespo, Head of the Environment and Climate Change Area of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation), participated in the Cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics with the conference "Environment and promotion development".
"Ethics is not just a set of convictions, it has to do directly with management"
This is how Eduardo De Miguel, Director of the Global Nature Foundation, stated in the conference "Ethical aspects and social responsibility in environmental groups: Global Nature Foundation ", within the Cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics.
The sustainability of infrastructures: key to our future
On December 20, 2016 we had the opportunity to listen to Cristina Contreras, from the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructures (Harvard University), whose mission is to develop and promote methods, processes and tools that quantify the sustainability of construction projects of any type of infrastructures. Its objective is to facilitate sustainable solutions for projects and expand knowledge about what sustainable infrastructure should be.
SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016:
"The 'forest schools’ have been successfully implemented in northern Europe for more than 20 years"
Odile Rodríguez De la Fuente explains the principles on which this innovative model of outdoor education for the infant stage (3-6 years) is based, implemented by the Félix Rodríguez De la Fuente Foundation in Spain.
"Business sustainability requires a profound change in people"
"We will not be able to achieve sustainable companies without profound changes in the people who run them." This is how Cristina García-Orcoyen, an expert in Ontological Coaching, expressed herself in the Cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics.
The moral consideration of animals. Foundations and conflicts with Environmental Ethics.
"Non-human animals are used daily, in a systematic and institutionalized way, as resources at our disposal for multiple purposes. These varies from entertainment and use in laboratories to the production of clothing and especially culinary-food products. This is something that most human beings participate in and that is very rarely questioned” (Óscar Horta's Conference, 03/10/2016).
Sustainability of tourism. The Cuban case
On this occasion we had as a guest at the Seminars on Environmental Ethics, the late Professor Mr. José Manuel Mateo Rodríguez, who was a pioneer of Cuban Geography, full professor at the University of Havana, member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and president of the Cuban Society of Geography, and during his intervention, he talked about the sustainability of tourism activities in Cuba. [Leer más]
SCHOOL YEAR 2014/2015:
"Our society lives outside the biophysical limits of the planet"
On January 29, 2015, Professor Jorge Reichmann gave the lecture “Is it still possible to do what we should have done? Transition or collapse?”, In which he emphasized various pathologies in our society that, in his opinion, must be faced.
The credibility of EU Climate Change Policies
On February 17, 2015, within the cycle of seminars on environmental ethics, the conference "The political and legal framework on climate change in the EU: some reflections on its credibility with a view to COP-21 in Paris" took place, and it was animated by Mr. Javier de Cendra, Dean of IE Law School.
"We experience progress towards unsustainability"
On March 12, 2015, Dr. Josep María Mallarach , member of the Commissions for Protected Areas and Environmental Policies of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), participated in the cycle of Seminars on Environmental Ethics , with the entitled conference "Why are cultural and spiritual values relevant in protecting the environment?".
"Ethics, Economics and Environmental Economics"
On April 21, 2015, we attended the conference "Ethics, Economics and Environmental Economics", led by Professor Diego Azqueta, Professor of Fundamentals of Economic Analysis at the University of Alcalá.
"There are more and more diseases related to environmental pollution"
The cycle of seminars on environmental ethics ended during the 2014/15 academic year, with the conference "Environmental Medicine: the tenth paradigm", which was led by Dr. Pilar Muñoz-Calero.
"We have to re-appropriate our time"
It is one of the statements of Professor María Novo, in her lecture "Time and sustainability: living slowly to live better." Dr. Novo commented that we are immersed in a system in which when we are not producing, we are consuming, leaving aside the important things in life. [Leer más]
"Ethics in agrarian and rural development policies"
On November 18, 2014, Professor José Sancho Comíns gave the conference "Some ethical foundations of the agricultural policies and rural development of the European Union: from the Treaty of Rome to Horizon 2020". [Leer más]