Rainforest Preservation: Some Good News at Last!

Date:  Sunday, April 23, 2006

Speaker:  Randall Tolpinrud , M.A., is the founding president of Pax Natura and Bosque Lluvioso Foundations.

He is the author of Healthy Home Consumer Guide for Utah and Timeless Wisdom. He is an instructor with the State of Utah, Division of Real Estate, where he teaches a course on “Healthy Home Environments,” and at Salt Lake Community College where he teaches “Introduction to Philosophy.” Mr. Tolpinrud is also the president of Groupwest Properties, a corporation that develops “green” communities, and the co-chair of the Design Committee of “Utah House,” a sustainable home design, in conjunction with Utah State University.

 Where Kyoto falls short, Pax Natura, Jane Goodall, the University of Utah and Costa Rica hope to fill the gap.

“Utah-based Pax Natura Foundation purchased a rainforest preserve and ecotourist facility in Costa Rica, in 1996 and donated it back to the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute (INBio). Pax Natura, INBio, the Costa Rican government and the Jane Goodall Institute have formed a partnership to establish a sustainable economic foundation to preserve and expand this rainforest in perpetuity (Bosque Lluvioso). Now, the University of Utah and Salt Lake City have entered into negotiations with Pax Natura and INBio to establish a private carbon sequestration agreement utilizing the Bosque Lluvioso rainforest preserve as a CO2 offset to University of Utah emissions. This agreement will exceed Kyoto protocols and demonstrate the trading of carbon credits world-wide. This presentation will focus on the success of the Bosque Lluvioso project in Costa Rica and how, as part of Costa Rican national forest reforms, the rate of the destruction of the rainforest in Costa Rica has been curtailed.”

Speaker Suggested References
Reason for Hope, Dr. Jane Goodall
The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken


The Rhetoric and Substance of Human Rights

Date:  Sunday, April 9, 2006
Speaker:  Professor Deen K. Chatterjee

Deen K. Chatterjee teaches philosophy at the University of Utah and is the Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming, multi-volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice. His publications include, most recently, Democracy In a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation In the 21st Century (2006).

“With the gradual emergence of the global human-rights culture in the last 50 years and some of the worst transgressions of human rights during the same period, it may seem that the human-rights talk is an empty rhetoric. To sort out the rhetoric and the substance of human rights, this forum will examine the nature, practice, and limits of human rights in global politics. As much as the concept of universal human rights is meant to be a uniting idea, it has also become a divisive and contested point over which battle lines have been drawn. Keeping in focus the role of rights at the normative foundations of justice and democracy, the forum will explore some of the myriad problems and challenges of human rights through an examination of such topics as individual and group rights, rights and culture, sovereignty and international law, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism.”

Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence:The Illusion of Destiny (2006)
David Reidy & Mortimer Sellers, eds. Universal Human Rights: Moral Order in a Divided World (2005)
William Talbott, Which Rights Should be Universal? (2005)
Tim Dunne & Nicholas Wheeler, eds. Human Rights in Global Politics (1999)