EOS13Geoethics and Geoeducation
|Convener: Václav Němec | Co-Conveners: Peter Varga , Pavel Kalenda
Geoethics is an interdisciplinary field involving Earth and Planetary Sciences as well as applied and professional ethics. Special attention in 2014 will be given to topics recommended by the International Conference on Geoethics 2013 held at the geoethics birth-place Příbram (Czech Republic). Appropriate measures for predictability and mitigation of natural hazards and a prudent consumption of mineral resources should be in the priority focus of any geoeducation emphasizing more and more the unavoidable geological factors in any concept of environmental sustainability. An appropriate needed minimum know how of Earth sciences should be intensively promoted together with cultivating ethical and geoethical way of thinking and acting as well as personal responsibility for the sustainable well-being of the society. The growing knowledge of Earth sciences about past climatic changes has to be incorporated into activities related with predicting changes in the future. Facing extreme conditions of nowadays legislation measures are needed (re-formulating "false alarms" and their legal consequences, various liabilities as well as rights of individuals and minorities in cases of the optimum common good). Deformation of contemporary science closely connected with many practical goals of Earth sciences needs an open broad discussion for discovering the real and complete truth, admitting constructive alternative solutions and avoiding any misuse of peer reviews. New concepts in geodynamics (eg. without the necessity of assuming mantle convection) have to be examined as well as new visions of nanotechnology. Geological art (geoart) should be developed and oriented to a further cultivation of nobility and spirituality of the human kind as well as of its sensibility to the Nature and to the Earth.
|Any meeting focused on problems of ethics (and therefore also on geoethics specialized to Earth sciences problems) is expected to take standpoints to serious problems and dilemmas especially in cases when some reasonable "minority ideas" seem to be supressed by any "main stream" or when various mystifications, confusions etc. occur. The convenors are really proud that this symposium includes standpoints to all main present neuralgical points of ethics and geoethics in the world. The attention of media will be highly appreciated.