Christian Theological Seminary Associate Professor Carol Johnston recently served on a panel discussing “Environmental Policy and the Stewardship Movement” at a symposium at the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
As Indiana’s public and private leaders continue to debate how best to balance economic growth and job creation with public health and conservation to assure the long-term sustainability of the state’s economy and protection of its citizens, the fifth annual symposium examined both the arguments shaping Indiana’s environmental future as well as the ethical constructs underlying environmental policy choices.
Johnston was a member of one of three panels that addressed wide-ranging aspects of the theme with an emphasis on the legal frameworks through which the state’s natural resources are managed and protected. Specifically, Johnston and her panel addressed environmental policy and the stewardship movement, offering their thoughts on the ethics of environmental law and how belief systems affect legal controversies.
Joining Johnston to examine the question “What are the Ethics of Environmental Law and how are belief systems affecting legal controversies?” were Rev. T Wyatt Watkins of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and Prof. Tom Wilson of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Other panels looked at agricultural practices and environmental regulation, the interaction between the public and private sectors and ongoing energy initiatives in the Indiana Statehouse.