Social and Ecological Philosopher
What does "the good life" look like once we accept that all places are here and all eras are now? What does the good life look like if all peoples are considered as part of an equal humanity and if all species are considered as persons? Recipient of Peace Museum Colorado's Peace Hero Award, John Hausdoerffer believes that peace among humans emerges from a spiritual connection with and just distribution of the "ecosphere"--natural systems on all scales from soil to space--that forms our local and global home. Dean of Western Colorado University's School of Environment & Sustainability, John's work imagines how environmental health must come from and result in the healing of social injustice and cultural trauma. He calls for a new ethic that views all places as part of our home, all generations of all beings as part of our scope of responsibility, and all actions as potential expressions of human care for the world. As he often says, "environmental ethics insists that humans are more than bodies that consume bodies in a global economy. We are wholehearted beings capable of understanding and caring for the complex local and global systems that sustain us."