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June 2017 Conversations on Creation Webinar: Putting a Price on Nature – Should We?

Our friends at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invite you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

On Monday, June 26 at 6pm, join Christ the King Church for "Putting a Price on Nature – Should We?" featuring Gregory R. Biddinger, Ph.D., Managing Director and Principle, Natural Land Management.  

At the turn of the millennium, the United Nations Environmental Program put out a call to Ecologists and Economists to come together. The charge was to create a vision of how natural systems provide essential support for human communities.  In 2005, they produced the first, in a series of reports, which have come to be known as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  Over the last decade there has been an explosion of intellectual energy focused on refining the original concept and building an acceptable methodology to quantify the value of nature.  Some would say putting a price on nature or more broadly defining a value for natural systems is problematic. Some would even suggest it is ethically inappropriate and technically suspect. 

We will explore both sides of this question in general and more specifically in line with life in Houston. During an award-winning 25-year career with ExxonMobil in areas of environment and sustainability, Greg pioneered the concept of Natural Land Management, which integrates environmental and economic approaches to achieve sustainable performance and measurable value for landowners and the communities in which they live and operate. 

After Greg’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.  If you would like to join this online conversation, please register and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle.

Next speaker in the series is:

Sunday, Jul. 30, 6 p.m., Andy Gerhart, PhD in Environmental History, now seminarian at Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX

(Photo ”Elektrostandard LED light bulb” by User Anton Fomkin used under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

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