Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation. :
Looking to continue conservatism while on vacation ? Besides the eco-friendly tours being offered, it is now also possible to find eco-hotels in urban landscapes that do more than bed bath and beyond of towel and sheet replacement (or not if you are conserving water).
The greening of the hotel industry addresses questions of renewable energy sources, conserving energy and water, avoiding the use of harsh chemicals, donating things, and supporting local causes and community conservation efforts. Good article on the subject in the New York Times here.
We have been hearing a lot about off-setting carbon emissions from plane travel, and of course we know that trains are less poluting than planes. But now Eurostar plans greener trains (from article in the BBC). They claim they will operate carbon neutral trains as of November. And their objective is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per passenger by 2012. They will do this by reducing power consumption on their rolling stock, making better use of train capacity and source more electricity from lower-emission generators. More eco-friendly steps also include cutting consumption of raw materials, sourcing responsibly, and recycling more waste. Way to go!
British Airways will ask passengers to pay a voluntary "green fee" to offset the environmental impact of flying. This donation will be invested in energy-saving projects, and to do this BA has joined forces with Climate Care, an Oxford-based environmental trust. The amount of the fee varies depending on the distance travelled: London to Paris is 5£, London to LA 13£ and London to Sydney 25£. More in article by Ben Webster in today's TimesOnline