Energy Café: Is there a role for religion in the sustainability debate?
A review of the extant literatures on religion and ecology indicates an affirmative answer, yet there is a wide chasm between two opposing views: on the one hand, religion is held accountable for fueling unsustainable modes of production and consumption; and on the other hand, religion is defended for combating such undesirable practices.
Join Dr Ralitza Nikolaeva, School of Management, for a lively conversation with Dr Hounaida El Jurdi, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the American University of Beirut and co-author of the article which inspired the topic.
The Café will host two other academics who come from the opposing camps of the discourse and who have the knack of keeping a leg firmly on the ground outside the ivory towers of academia: Professor Mario Aguilar, Chair of Religion and Politics at the School of Divinity, who has written books on and accompanied the Pope and the Dalai Lama on important international missions; and Professor Rabi Mohtar, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut (FAFS-AUB), TEES Research Professor at Texas A&M University, and the Founding Director of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). His research focuses on conserving natural resources and he has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on water security.
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