Panel Discusses Climate Crisis

Panel Discusses Climate Crisis

Creighton faculty and students explored how the University can best respond to the current climate crisis at a panel discussion on Jan. 28, titled “Seeking Hope: Intentional and Ignatian Responses to the Global Climate Crisis.”

Panelists offered expert opinions before fielding questions from an estimated crowd of 275 students, faculty and staff. Many members of the President’s Council also attended as well as Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD.

The event was moderated by Andy Gustafson, PhD, professor of business ethics and organizer of the annual Business, Faith and Common Good symposium in the Heider College of Business. Faculty panelists represented a variety of disciplines: marketing, physics/renewable energy, economics, psychology, law and philosophy.

All stressed the importance of political and civic engagement among the campus community and the need for hope to motivate change.

“The one thing that seems to promote action is having optimism,” said Lee Budesheim, PhD, associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, whose research focuses on cognitive processes underlying how people form impressions and judge others. “Be fearful, but balance that fear with optimism, and I think we can get some good things done.”