Philip Cafaro is professor of philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an affiliated faculty member with CSU’s School of Global Ecological Sustainability. He holds the B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, the M.A. from the University of Georgia, and the Ph.D. from Boston University.
A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, his research interests center on environmental ethics, consumption and population issues, and wild lands preservation. He is the author of Thoreau’s Living Ethics and co-editor of the forthcoming Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, both from the University of Georgia Press, and has published scholarly articles and reviews in a wide variety of venues, including Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Social Philosophy, BioScience, Conservation Biology, the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History and the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
An active environmentalist for twenty-five years, Cafaro has lobbied Congress on behalf of the Wilderness Society and the Massachusetts and Colorado state legislatures for the Sierra Club, of which he is a life member. He is vice-president/president-elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.
Four decades ago, Sierra Club executive director David Brower observed: “We feel you don’t have a conservation policy unless you have a […]Read More »
The headline in Friday’s Los Angeles Times read “Job growth falls sharply; many workers drop out of labor force.” According to the Times: […]Read More »
Friday’s New York Times reports that the AFL-CIO has nearly finalized an agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, to allow hundreds of thousands of low-skilled “guest workers” into the country annually.Read More »
Back in 1999, environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote an excellent book titled Maybe One: a Case for Smaller Families. McKibben, who himself fathered only one child, made the argument that with global climate change and other environmental challenges, ending population growth in the U.S. and worldwide was imperative.Read More »
Several weeks ago, I published an opinion piece in the Denver Post titled “Has Senator Bennet Really Thought About Immigration?” It pointed out the contradiction between talking about the need for strong efforts to fight climate change.Read More »
According to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s website, reforming immigration policy and combatting climate change are two of his key legislative goals.Read More »
We are told that reforming immigration policy and combating climate change are two key policy goals of President Obama as he begins his second term. But there is no evidence that the Obama administration sees any connection between them.Read More »
With the big environmental organizations having taken a powder on population issues, some feisty state and local groups have stepped into the breach. One such organization is Vermonters for a Sustainable Population, led by George Plumb.Read More »
“More Babies, Please,” was the title of Ross Douthat’s Sunday op-ed piece in the New York Times. “In the eternally […]Read More »
“Imagine for a moment that planet Earth isn’t running out of anything. We have plenty of food, plenty of oil, […]Read More »
Two weeks ago, I took advantage of early voting here in Colorado and cast my ballot for Barack Obama for […]Read More »
Several friends around the country have forwarded an article reporting that Swiss environmentalists have initiated a referendum to reduce immigration […]Read More »
Election season is coming. That means American voters can look forward to a vast torrent of political bloviation, heavily larded […]Read More »
Eben Fodor, author of the book Better, Not Bigger, has written an essay titled “The Myth of Smart Growth.” Fodor […]Read More »
The Los Angeles Times has just finished an excellent five-part series on the global population explosion, titled Beyond 7 Billion. […]Read More »
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