Event Title

Coyote Lives in Maine Community Partner Research Project

Location

Davis 117

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Our group is working with a community partner, Coyote Lives in Maine, as part of our Environmental Ethics course. We will be applying concepts used in class regarding human impact on and moral obligation to nature as a life-supporting system. In order to do this, we will be creating a presentation based on our work this semester with the organization. In order to help Coyote Lives in Maine realize the goal of creating a more sustainable human-coyote relationship, we will be researching the local historical interactions between our two species and applying this knowledge to a modern, political space. By interviewing state legislators and compiling the collected information, our goal is to gain a better conception of how the current leaders of our society understand these interactions and the conflicting interests at hand. Conflicted interests in these areas often include people working in the agricultural sector, so this project is designed to look into how social and professional interests play into environmental decisions at a policy level. As politicians are elected to represent their constituents, we hope to see the prevalence or lack thereof of environmental ethics within our collective conscious in Maine, as well as within the institutions that uphold our own rights and, hopefully, the rights of other species who share this area with us. We will be creating a final visual project, most likely in the form of a short film, to present our research and conclusion in full.

Faculty Sponsor

Keith Peterson

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Philosophy Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1360

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

Coyote Lives in Maine Community Partner Research Project

Davis 117

Our group is working with a community partner, Coyote Lives in Maine, as part of our Environmental Ethics course. We will be applying concepts used in class regarding human impact on and moral obligation to nature as a life-supporting system. In order to do this, we will be creating a presentation based on our work this semester with the organization. In order to help Coyote Lives in Maine realize the goal of creating a more sustainable human-coyote relationship, we will be researching the local historical interactions between our two species and applying this knowledge to a modern, political space. By interviewing state legislators and compiling the collected information, our goal is to gain a better conception of how the current leaders of our society understand these interactions and the conflicting interests at hand. Conflicted interests in these areas often include people working in the agricultural sector, so this project is designed to look into how social and professional interests play into environmental decisions at a policy level. As politicians are elected to represent their constituents, we hope to see the prevalence or lack thereof of environmental ethics within our collective conscious in Maine, as well as within the institutions that uphold our own rights and, hopefully, the rights of other species who share this area with us. We will be creating a final visual project, most likely in the form of a short film, to present our research and conclusion in full.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/78