Over spring break, on March 5, 2018, Bill Throop, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, gave a presentation at the Natural History Institute in Prescott, AZ entitled Restoration Ecology: Goal Setting, Climate Change, and the Significance of History.
Throop maintained that the practice of ecological restoration engages us in deliberation about who we should be in relation to evolving systems. Some have argued that climate change compromises the traditional aims of restoration and requires us to design and manage ecosystems for our new warmer context. Throop argued that the moral reasons for ecological restoration should make us wary of abandoning the traditional aims of restoration and that we should still use historical reference conditions in goal-setting. The audience included many of our Ecoleague friends from Prescott College.