The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the discussion and creating awareness about problems of Geoethics and Ethics applied to the Geosciences.
IAPG is legally recognized as a not-for-profit association, has 2981 members in 128 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 35 national sections.
IAPG works to developing theoretical and practical activities covering a wide range of contents comprising: philosophy of geosciences and history of geosciences thinking; research integrity and professionalism in geosciences; working climate issues and related aspects; geoethics in georisks and disaster risk reduction; responsible georesources management; ethical and social aspects in geoeducation and geoscience communication; geoethics applied to different geoscience fields including economic geology, paleontology, forensic geology and medical geology; ethical and societal relevance of geoheritage and geodiversity; sociological aspects in geosciences and geosciences-society-policy interface; geosciences for sustainable and responsible development; geoethical implications in global and local changes of socio-ecological systems; ethics in geoengineering; ethical issues in climate change and ocean science studies; ethical implications in geosciences data life cycle and big data; ethical and social matters in the international geoscience cooperation.
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IUGS Officers meet the IUGS President on 17 March 2022
Speakers at the Short Course on Geoethics
EGU 2015: IAPG informal meeting
IUGS Officers meet the IUGS President on 17 March 2022
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What is Geoethics?
Geoethics consists of research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience education, research and practice, and with the social role and responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their activities..... Read more
Affiliations and Agreements
IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions.
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27 agreements for cooperation
Affiliations: IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, CIPHS - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, AGI - American Geosciences Institute, GSL - Geological Society of London, CFES - Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, GSA - Geological Society of America, GIRAF - Geoscience Information in Africa Network.
Agreements: EFG - European Federation of Geologists, EGS - EuroGeoSurveys, AGU - American Geophysical Union, IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAG/AIG - International Association of Geomorphologists, IUGS-IFG - Initiative on Forensic Geology, AAWG - African Association of Women in Geosciences, IAEG - International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, GSAf - Geological Society of Africa, GC - Geoscientists Canada, BDG - Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V., APG - Associação Portuguesa de Geólogos, ASAGAI - Asociación Argentina de Geología Aplicada a la Ingeniería, SGCh - Sociedad Geológica de Chile, GSU - Geological Society of Uganda, NKUA-APRL - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, GfGD - Geology for Global Development, JMO - Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası (Turkisk Chamber of Geological Engineers), MJD - Maden Jeologları Derneği (Turkish Association of Economic Geologists), AEG - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, YES - International Network of Young and Early-Career Geoscientists, IGEO - International Geoscience Education Organisation, FCEA - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, SGP - Sociedad Geológica del Perù, I-GEMA - Instituto de Geociencias Y Medio Ambiente, Arequipa-Perù, ANGE - African Network for Geo-Education, GEVAS Red Argentina.
Partnerships: AGU Ethics & Equity Center, EFF - Earth Future Festival, iCRAG Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience - EDIG project, IYGU - International Year of Global Understanding, RFG 2018 - Resources for Future Generations.
IAPG Annual Report 2022
The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics delivered its Annual Report 2022 to the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences. The IAPG is an affiliated organization of the IUGS from 2013.
This document contains chief accomplishments 2022 and plans of activity 2023.
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Book on geoethics published by Springer
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2022). Geoethics: Manifesto for an Ethics of Responsibility Towards the Earth. Springer, Cham, XII+123 pp., ISBN 978-3030980436. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98044-3
This book outlines the current development of geoethical thinking, proposing to the general public reflections and categories useful for understanding the ethical, cultural, and societal dimensions of anthropogenic global changes.
Geoethics identifies and orients responsible behaviors and actions in the management of natural processes, redefining the human interaction with the Earth system based on a critical, scientifically grounded, and pragmatic approach. Solid scientific knowledge and a philosophical reference framework are crucial to face the current ecological disruption. The scientific perspective must be structured to help different human contexts while respecting social and cultural diversity. It is impossible to respond to global problems with disconnected local actions, which cannot be proposed as standard and effective operational models. Geoethics tries to overcome this fragmentation, presenting Earth sciences as the foundation of responsible human action toward the planet. Geoethics is conceived as a rational and multidisciplinary language that can bind and concretely support the international community, engaged in resolving global environmental imbalances and complex challenges, which have no national, cultural, or religious boundaries that require shared governance. Geoethics is proposed as a new reading key to rethinking the Earth as a system of complex relationships, in which the human being is an integral part of natural interactions.
23-28 April 2023
Geoethics at the EGU 2023
Geoethics: Geoscience Implications for Professional Communities, Society, and Environment
Conveners: Silvia Peppoloni, Louise Mimeau, Giuseppe Di Capua
Session co-organized by BG8/CL3/ERE1/GM13/NH9/OS5 and co-sponsored by IAPG
Session EOS2.3: Climate and ocean education: Geoethics, emergency, fossil fuels, war and more
Conveners: David Crookall, Giuseppe Di Capua, Svitlana Krakovska, Bärbel Winkler, Dean Page
Session co-organized by CL3/OS5 and co-sponsored by IAPG and Future Earth
Details about these sessions and abstract submission at:
27-30 June 2023
Geoethics at the AESC 2023
THE CALL FOR ABSTRACT IS OPEN (deadline: 1 March 2023)
Australian Earth Sciences Convention (AESC) 2023.
Geoethics to responsibly manage local and global challenges of our times
Conveners: Silvia Peppoloni, Peter T. Bobrowsky, John Ludden, Sandra Villacorta Chambi
Session co-organized by: IAPG and IUGS.
Session description: Geoscience knowledge and expertise are essential to address a wide range of the most pressing social-environmental concerns, inform decision-making, and guide education at all levels. All branches of geosciences have cultural, social and ethical implications. Hence, geoscientists face ethical issues in their professional and civic roles. Geoscientists are becoming increasingly aware of their ethical responsibilities to serve society and foster public trust in geosciences. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework to responsibly manage questions such as geo-resources, geological risks, pollution, geoheritage, as well as geoscience-society-policy interaction and relationships with Indigenous communities. This session aims to nourish the discussion on appropriate behaviours and practices, also through case-studies, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.
This session is included in the theme: Critical role of geoscience in Australia's future
Abstract submission: https://aesc2023.com.au/abstract-submission/
JGSG published its first article!
We are happy to announce that the Journal of Geoethics and Social Geoscience published its first, open access, article on 14 December 2022.
We remind you that this journal is fully open access and is supported by the IAPG. No Article Processing Charge (APC) is requested to authors.
The article can be cited as follows:
Canseco, R., & Bellaubi, F. (2022). Application of geoethics to university education based on a mining geoethical dilemma case study in the Catalonian Potassic Basin (Spain). Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences, 1(1), 1–37. https://doi.org/10.13127/jgsg-24.
23-27 November 2023
This is the 8th edition of the International Minerals and Rocks Exhibition in Lima (Peru), organized by IAPG-Peru.
MinerLima is an event to disseminate the Peruvian mineralogical heritage, through an exhibition of minerals and rocks, short courses, conferences and workshops (for children and the general public), geological excursions and even more. The most important goal of this event is to educate the Peruvian citizens on geoscience as well as to create links between the geoscience community and society.
MinerLima is organized by IAPG-Peru at the Parque Alfredo Salazar, Miraflores, Lima. Everybody is invited to be part of this event. The entrance is free.
After the official inauguration of MinerLima 2022 on 10 June 2022, conferences on geoethics, deontology in geosciences, geology, crystallography, petrology, litho-geochemistry, paleontology have been held by experts, among them the event "The new Socio-environmental Challenges in Las Bambas Mining" ("Los nuevos Retos Socio-ambientales en la Minera Las Bambas", in Spanish) held on 30 September 2022 at Museo de Minerales Andrés del Castillo in Lima.
In addition, with the support of the IAPG-Peru student chapters, workshops and competitions for school children on the Universe, volcanoes, earthquakes, mass movements, minerals and the identification of rocks have been organized. The have already been studied, soon the theme will include. Students were also involved in choosing the mascot of MinerLima 2022 through a public contest.
Among the other activities planned there is a field trip that will be announced on the official Facebook page of the “Feria Internacional de Minerales de Lima”: https://www.facebook.com/feriainternacionalmineraleslima.
Details about the program are available on the MinerLima website:
MinerLima 2022 and IAPG-Peru wait you in Lima!
1 December 2022
Webinar co-organized by IAPG-Afghanistan
IAPG-Afghanistan co-organizes the Webinar “Making Groundwater Visible in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions” to celebrate the Groundwater Summit 2022 with the Afghanistan Groundwater Group (AGG), the Portuguese Chapter of the IAH (AIH-GP).
Mohammad Salem Hussaini and Asadullah Farahmand (IAPG-Afghanistan Co-coordinators) are among the moderators of the event. Manuel Abrunhosa (IAPG Board of Experts) is one of the speaker.
For attending this webinar, please register before the end of November by using the following link: http://bit.ly/3USHABv
Zumaia Declaration on geological heritage
The IAPG is among the supporting organizations of the Zumaia Declaration on geological heritage that was officially released on 28 October 2022 at the event "First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites" held in Zumaia (Basque Coast, Spain).
In this document, the International Union of Geological Sciences - IUGS declares the following:
Recognizing and preserving Geological Heritage is critical. The IUGS adopts the mission to acknowledge Geological Heritage of highest scientific importance. Collaboration between all international initiatives involved with geoheritage and geodiversity can lead to their further appreciation, to their sustainable use as educational resources, and, most importantly, to their preservation for the good of society, for future generations, and for our Planet’s well-being.
IAPG and GSU signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)
IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and GSU - Geological Society of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 1 December 2022.
The aim of the MoA is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences, and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of Geoscience in order to better serve the geoscience community and society as a whole.
The agreement expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of geoethics.
IAPG and ASAGAI signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)
IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and ASAGAI - Asociación Argentina de Geología Aplicada a la Ingeniería (Argentinian Association of Geology Applied to Engineering) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 25 October 2022.
The aim of the MoA is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences, and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of geoscience in order to better serve the geoscience community and society as a whole.
The agreement expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of ethics in Geoscience.
IAPG White Paper on Responsible Speleology
The White Paper on Responsible Speleology has been drafted by the IAPG - Task Group on Responsible Speleology.
Drafting Committee: Mike Buchanan, Oana Teodora Moldovan, Aleksandar Antić
Reviewed by: Caroline Lessio Cazarin, Murray Macgregor, Peter T. Bobrowski & Other Anonymous Experts.
Approved by the IAPG Executive Council
30th August 2022
This document sets goals that are reflected within the context of geoethical activities in speleology (speleoethics). This includes highlighting of scientific and educational factors, technical considerations, characteristics and values of subterranean georesources. Bearing in mind the significant vulnerability of subterranean karst environments. It is necessary to have an up to date, complete, and comprehensive understanding of potential anthropogenic impacts that can occur to geological, sedimentological, climatological, hydrological and biological components of caves and host karst systems. Within scientific peer-reviewed publications, there is little available on this topic. For this reason, this document proposes guidelines on how individuals should behave within caves. Which regulations and standards should be respected, as well as what measures should be taken in order to achieve maximum protection of caves. Furthermore, the pursuit of networking across speleological associations and the modernisation of multidisciplinary cooperation that should adhere to set geoethical strategies for speleoethics, is an important goal of this document. Mostly, because of geoethics, speleoethics can ensure objectivity and the improvement of ethically-responsible behavior towards caves and host karst. Also creating a unique approach for all individuals and interested communities to geoethical codes in speleology, is a crucial value to further gain and understand knowledge about caves and karst. Providing enhanced conservation management and protection of nature’s subterranean accessible environments is the goal.
How to cite:
Buchanan M., Moldovan O.T., Antić A. (2022). White Paper on Responsibile Speleology. IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, http://www.geoethics.org/wp-responsible-speleology.
Survey on The Culture and Ethics of Geologic Sampling
(by Marjorie Chan and David Mogk, USA)
We invite you to participate in a survey on The Culture and Ethics of Geologic Sampling that is being conducted on behalf of the Geological Society of America (GSA) to collect information to better understand geologists’ attitudes about, and practices of, geologic sampling.
This topic is particularly important in a time of increased pressures on natural systems, decreased accessibility to field sites, degradation of irreplaceable geological resources, and raised international awareness of the importance of geoheritage, geodiversity, and geoconservation.
Responsible sampling is relevant to protecting important geoheritage sites, being respectful of indigenous cultures, and in consideration of other societal issues.
The "Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences" was born: 100% open access
The new journal: an international space for the discussion on the issues of geoethics and social geosciences.
Proposing articles on the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences, promoting study and research aimed at accompanying safe and sustainable development policies for human communities, providing transdisciplinary food for thoughts and defining proposals and actions aimed at addressing global anthropogenic changes: these are just some of the objectives of the recently launched "Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences" of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV: National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology), Rome, Italy.
"Geosciences address numerous issues including defense against natural risks, research and use of georesources, and climate change. These themes have direct repercussions on the structures and processes of society and on people's lives", explains Silvia Peppoloni, researcher at INGV, Editor-in-Chief of the new journal and Secretary General of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG). "For this reason, the topics of interest for geosciences have also to be analyzed from new perspectives that include ethical, social, economic and political considerations".
An increasing number of researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds are dedicating themselves to basic and applied research on the themes of interest for geoethics and social geosciences, with a growing publishing production of books and articles. Yet, there was no scientific journal entirely dedicated to these themes so far.
"To fill this gap", continues the researcher, "INGV has promoted and supported the creation of an open access journal, without publication costs for both authors and readers, also open to contributions from those who work in the sector of human and social sciences in a pluridisciplinary perspective".
The journal, published in English, employs an international team of experts in the fields of geoethics, social geosciences, and the philosophy of geosciences, with backgrounds in scientific, social and humanistic disciplines.
"Among the addressed topics, large space will be given to the responsible management of georesources, to ethical and social aspects in geo-environmental education and in the communication of geosciences, but also to the philosophy of geosciences, the history of geological and environmental thought and the issues of the professional working environment, with particular attention to inclusiveness, diversity, harassment, discrimination and disability".
"The multidisciplinary nature of the contributions constitutes a necessary requisite to face the global anthropogenic changes that threaten the quality of life of present and future generations, from different points of view. The new journal proposes itself as an international reference point for ideas, reflections and proposals capable of analyzing crucial issues of our time from new perspectives", concludes Silvia Peppoloni.
The new journal is supported by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics.
Theses on Geoethics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Raquel Serrano Canseco (2022)
Proposta d'aplicació de la geoètica a l'ensenyament universitari a partir d'un dilema geoètic com a estudi de cas
Tutors: Joan Poch Serra i Francesc Bellaubí
Grau de Geología Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, pp. 22. (In Catalan)
L'objectiu del treball és demostrar la utilitat de la geoètica per ser aplicada a l’ensenyament universitari mitjançant un estudi de cas a la conca minera potàssica de la Catalunya central en relació als problemes de subsidència del Barri de l’Estació de Sallent de Llobregat (Bages). L’estudi de la problemàtica de la subsidència provocada per les activitats mineres en relació a la geologia no han estat suficient per arribar a un punt d’equilibri entre la societat i la mineria. Es suggereix el dilema geoètic com un nova metodologia per estudiar diferents situacions possibles, plantejant diferents escenaris: tragèdia, preservació, geoenginyeria i concertació.
L’aplicació del dilema geoètic confronta valors, actituds i solucions per diferents situacions descrivint quantitativament els escenaris i proposant un territori resilient on la mineria i la preservació del medi natural no siguin activitats excloents.
Aquest estudi de cas constitueix un exemple d’aplicació pràctica de la geoètica amb la finalitat d’incloure-la al Grau de Geologia de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. D’aquesta forma es fan recomanacions per atendre el compromís de la pròpia Universitat d’implantar competències ètiques en el Grau.
Video: "The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics" (by Silvia Peppoloni)
Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General and research geologist at National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy) delivered the talk entitled "The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics" at the EGU 2022 Session EOS4.1: Geoethics in the face of global anthropogenic changes: how do we intersect different knowledge domains? on 24 May 2022.
Video: "Ecological crisis and geosciences: the need for geoethics" (by Giuseppe Di Capua)
Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer and geologist at National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy) contributed to the "State of the Planet" event organized by the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences within the initiatives to celebrate 60 years from the foundation of the IUGS (IUGS60) and the Earth Day 2022. Giuseppe was speaker and panelist at that event. He delivered a talk entitled "Ecological crisis and geosciences: the need for geoethics". This event took place on 22 April 2022.
Declaration against war and authoritarianism
for the affirmation of human freedom and dignity
Planet Earth, 26th February 2022
The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) expresses its solidarity with all the people who are experiencing their present situation with difficulty and fear due to armed conflicts and who are suffering the repression of fundamental freedoms by authoritarian regimes.
We are close to colleagues from our section in Ukraine who are suffering from the invasion of their nation and are trying to resist the barbarism of war. We are also close to those Russian scientists and intellectuals who are courageously manifesting their rejection of war and demanding the right to peace.
Likewise, we cannot forget our colleagues in Myanmar who are experiencing government repression and our colleagues in Afghanistan, including those of the local IAPG section, for the harsh living conditions in which freedom, health and safety are not guaranteed. We are also close to our colleagues in Yemen, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in all those countries in which governments or groups of powers don’t respect the fundamental Human Rights of United Nations.
The IAPG rejects war and oppression for the resolution of conflicts and supports all those who fight for the affirmation of human dignity and for freedom from the oppression of dictatorships and fundamentalisms.
We strongly affirm that all human beings must be guaranteed dignity, freedom and knowledge. Everyone has the right to be able to live in freedom, health and safety and at the same time has the duty to responsibly guarantee freedom, health and safety to other human beings.
We are convinced that power must be implemented as a responsible exercise of community service, for the construction of more just, equitable, inclusive, supportive, peaceful, sustainable and ecologically oriented societies.
The revival of nationalistic models is anachronistic and represents a real threat to humanity, which instead, precisely in the recognition of its unity, albeit in the diversity of the cultures that constitute it, is beginning to cultivate that feeling of planetary citizenship that can accompany it towards a future of solidarity.
We invite the international scientific community, geosciences organizations and beyond, to sign this declaration.
Support this declaration by sending an email to: email@example.com
Download the IAPG Declaration
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IAPG is partner of the Earth Future Festival (EFF)
The Earth Futures Festival aims to raise international awareness of the role of Earth Science (geoscience) in our sustainable future. Geoscience is key to understanding the relationships between the planet’s physical and biological systems, human interaction with the environment and climatic impacts. It is essential to reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, plays a vital role in disaster risk reduction and is critical in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement. The festival is a global collaboration to showcase how geoscience is addressing current sustainability challenges through media, with a key focus on education, diversity and inclusion. The festival aims to educate and inspire others, create diverse role models, motivate positive global change and attract a diverse range of people towards both study and careers in the field of geoscience.
All information about the Earth Future Festival are available on the EFF website. Don't miss this event!
IAPG is partner of EFF from April 2022.
The Earth Futures Festival is actively seeking video submissions on the topic of geoscience within the themes Dynamic Earth, Earth Futures and Human Connection.
IAPG celebrates the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February 2022)
It's the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The International Union of Geological Sciences - IUGS interviews some of the fantastic women in geoscience (Videos can be seen on https://iugs60.org/iugs-women-in-geoscience-event/).
Among them Silvia Peppoloni, our IAPG Secretary General!
Silvia is a geologist, researcher at the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia), Rome (Italy), Councilor of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, Coordinator of the Section on Geoethics and Geological Culture of the Italian Geological Society/IAPG-Italy.
The IAPG joins the celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Peter Bobrowsky is the new IAPG Vice President
IAPG has a new Vice-President, Peter T. Bobrowsky. He replaces Susan Kieffer who decided to step down from this role. Previously he was IAPG Continental Coordinator for North America.
Peter Bobrowsky is an engineering geologist specializing in natural hazards, mapping, sedimentology/stratigraphy, drift prospecting, aggregate studies and interests in geoethics, geoheritage, medical geology and forensic geology. Currently an Emeritus Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. Author/coauthor of some 500 publications. Former Vice President and Secretary General of IUGS, President of the International Consortium on Landslides, President of the Geological Association of Canada and President of the Canadian Quaternary Association. Currently an active supporter and contributor to “outreach and education” he annually delivers dozens of lectures to various public groups around the world. Here the Curriculum Vitae of Peter.
We wish to thank Susan Kieffer for the valuable contribution to develop geoethics, to promote the IAPG and to manage the Association in its ten first years of living. She is our first Legendary Member.
Vince Cronin is the new IAPG Continental Coordinator for North America
IAPG has a new Continental Coordinator for North America, Vince Cronin. He replaces Peter Bobrowsky who was appointed as new IAPG Vice-President. Previously Vince was IAPG-USA co-Coordinator.
Vince Cronin has been interested in geoethics since the 1980s when he worked on engineering geology projects under the supervision of former California State Geologist Dr. Jim Slosson. Cronin earned degrees in geology from Pomona College (AB, '79), Dartmouth College (AM, '82), and Texas A&M University (Ph.D., '88). For most of his career, he has been a tenured professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Baylor University. Professor Cronin and his students' diverse research included Himalayan geology, plate kinematics, geodesy, paleoseismology, neotectonics, and the identification of potentially dangerous seismogenic faults. He is the current editor of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology — widely used in the US.
David Mogk is the new IAPG-USA co-Coordinator
IAPG-USA has a new co-Coordinator, David Mogk. He replaces Vince Cronin who was appointed as new IAPG Continental Coordinator for North America. Davis is also member of the IAPG Board of Experts for Geo-education and Teaching Geoethics.
David Mogk is Professor of Geology and former Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. He is a metamorphic petrologist by training, with research interests in genesis and evolution of Archean continental crust, mid-crustal petrogenetic processes, and spectroscopy of mineral surfaces. He has worked in mineral exploration for precious, base and industrial minerals, and has also worked on environmental remediation of mine sites. For the past 25 years he has worked to promote excellence in geoscience education. He was program officer in NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education; Chair of GSA’s Education Division; worked to establish the Digital Library for Earth Science Education and the National Science Digital Library; has been co-PI of the On the Cutting Edge Program for geoscience faculty professional development; has served on the EarthScope and EarthChem advisory boards; was a panelist on NRC Board On Science Education panels on Integrating Research and Education in Biocomplexity Projects, Promising Practices in STEM Education, and Discipline-Based Education Research; and is co-editor of GSA Special Paper volume on Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn About the Earth and Field Geology Instruction: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches. He is past chair of the U.S. National Committee for Geosciences to the IUGS where he worked to promote development of geoheritage sites. For the past decade he has led the initiative in the United States to promote Teaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum including website development of Teaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum: https://serc.carleton.edu/geoethics/index.html.
IAPG Annual Report 2021 for the IUGS
The IAPG Annual Report 2021 for the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences is now available for the download.
The report (47 pages) contains:
- Overall objectives of the IAPG
- Relate goals to overall IUGS scientific objectives
- How has the IAPG been actively involved with IUGS related activities
- Structure and organization of the IAPG
- Interaction with other International organizations and projects
- IAPG chief products
- IAPG chief accomplishments 2021 and plans for 2022
The IAPG annual report was prepared by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer)
New book published in the SpringerBriefs in Geoethics
This is the first book on geoethics (8 chapters, 8 authors) printed in 2022 and the second book published in the series SpringerBriefs in Geoethics:
Villacorta Chambi S.P., ed. (2022). Geoethics in Peru - A Pathway for Latin America. SpringerBriefs in Geoethics, Springer International Publishing, pp. XXIII+107. ISBN 978-3030867300. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86731-7.
Illustrates the application of geoethics in Peru and creating awareness about geoscience applications.
Broadens the understanding of the application of geosciences to handle problems of its non-application in Peru.
Summarizes the experience in leading an association to promote geoethical values in the Latin American region.
IAPG endorses the Jena Declaration
The Executive Council of the IAPG decided to endorse the Jena Declaration (TJD).
The Jena Declaration (TJD) establishes guidelines and practices to accelerate progress to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It calls for enabling fundamental change in the everyday actions of hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Specifically, the declaration aims to stimulate more culturally-sensitive policies and programs that enhance, promote and facilitate grass roots movements that lie at the heart of such mobilization. By respecting cultural and regional diversities, the aim is to exceed the expectations of the UN SDGs before 2030, and to set the table for even greater success with each successive decade.
The Jena Declaration was organized by the UNESCO-Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability (University of Jena, Germany) in March 2021 and is available in English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese.
The International Geodiversity Day was established by UNESCO
The International Geodiversity Day was established on 23 November 2021 by the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference!!
From now on, the 6th of October will be an annual worldwide celebration, raising awareness across society about the importance of non-living nature for the well-being and prosperity of all living beings on the planet!
The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics was among the organizations supporting the proposal submitted to UNESCO.
New book on geoethics published by the Geological Society of London in the Lyell Collection
A new book on geoethics (20 chapters, 34 authors) has been printed in 2021:
Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Kieffer S.W. and Palinkas C. (2021). Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 508, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP508.
This is the second volume focused on geoethics published by the Geological Society of London. This is a significant step forward in which authors address the maturation of geoethics. The field of geoethics is now ready to be introduced outside the geoscience community as a logical platform for global ethics that addresses anthropogenic changes. Geoethics has a distinction in the geoscientific community for discussing ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education and communication. This provides a common ground for confronting ideas, experiences and proposals on how geosciences can supply additional service to society in order to improve the way humans interact responsibly with the Earth system. This book provides new messages to geoscientists, social scientists, intellectuals, law- and decision-makers, and laypeople. Motivations and actions for facing global anthropogenic changes and their intense impacts on the planet need to be governed by an ethical framework capable of merging a solid conceptual structure with pragmatic approaches based on geoscientific knowledge. This philosophy defines geoethics.
This book is dedicated to Jan Boon.
This book on the GSL (Lyell Collection) website:
New book published by Palgrave Macmillan
A new book (16 chapters, 20 authors) has been printed in 2021:
Bohle M. and Marone E., Eds. (2021). Geo-societal Narratives - Contextualising geosciences. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, XXV+221 pp., ISBN 978-3030790271. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79028-8.
This book provides an accessible overview of the societal relevance of contemporary geosciences. Engaging various disciplines from humanities and social sciences, the book offers philosophical, cultural, economic, and geoscientific insights into how to contextualise geosciences in the node of Culture and Nature.
The authors introduce two perspectives of societal geosciences, both informed by the lens of geoethics. Throughout the text, core themes are explored; human agency, the integrity of place, geo-centricity, economy and climate justice, subjective sense-making and spirituality, nationalism, participatory empowerment and leadership in times of anthropogenic global change. The book concludes with a discussion on culture, education, or philosophy of science as aggregating concepts of seemingly disjunct narratives.
The diverse intellectual homes of the authors offer a rich resource in terms of how they perceive human agency within the Earth system. Two geoscientific perspectives and fourteen narratives from various cultural, social and political viewpoints contextualise geosciences in the World(s) of the Anthropocene.
This book is dedicated to Mario Bunge.
This book on the Springer Link website:
Welcome to IAPG-Germany!
The section is officially established on 13 December 2021 and will work under the responsibility of Simon Schneider (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) and Dominic Hildebrandt (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and ETH Zurich). The section is based at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. IAPG-Germany is the 35th national section of our Association.
Simon Schneider earned his degree in geophysics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he also worked in science communication and education in the departments of earth sciences. He participated in international research projects as a scientist and media relations specialist, was a volunteer park ranger in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, conducted research at Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana, and aboard the research vessel MS Sonne in the southern waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. For more than a decade, Simon Schneider was Public Outreach Manager of the GEOTECHNOLOGIES research and development program in Potsdam. He was co-editor of the online magazine The Euroscientist, studied public relations part-time at the University of Management and Communication UMC Potsdam, and earned a PhD in communication sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. Simon Schneider was a member of the AGU Outreach Committee as well as a representative for public relations, political communication and education on the AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee – currently, he is a member of AGU’s Honors & Recognition Committee. He was a teacher of geography and ethics, conducted teacher training in earth and environmental sciences and courses on fundraising and marketing at a vocational school in Berlin. He also supported the press office of the University of Potsdam as a writer and consultant an received the Potsdam Award for Science Communication WISPop in 2021. After managing the Earth and Environmental Systems research focus at the University of Potsdam, Simon is now working full-time at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where he is a member of the concept team for a new geoscience exhibition. His research interest is in intercultural science communication and the transfer of indigenous and traditional knowledge into decision making.
Dominic Hildebrandt received his Bachelor's degree in Geosciences with a focus on Geology and Paleontology from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and the Technical University Munich in 2020. He is now studying in the Master's degree program Earth Sciences with a major in Geology at ETH Zurich. Dominic is Vice President of the student representative board in the Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich. Furthermore, he is engaged in the umbrella organization of all German-speaking student representatives in the Geosciences called GeStEIN. Within this student network he co-leads a working group on Diversity, Equality and Ethics in Geosciences. He is advisory board member and student representative in the German Professional Association of Geoscientists (BDG), where he actively works on the topics Geoscience university education and Geoethics. Dominic is interested in the educational development of study programs and is actively sharing his expertise in external quality assessment procedures of study programs.
Minigeology interviewed Peter Bobrowsky on geoethics
Peter Bobrowsky (IAPG Continental Coordinator for North America) was interviewed by Daniel Minisini (Minigeology).
Here the link to the video recording on YouTube of the full interview to Peter Bobrowsky: https://youtu.be/jf4RM8YGa8Y
Minigeology is a square where you meet protagonists and other characters related to Geology. Daniel Minisini interviews them to uncover their mindset, discover how they approach a problem, their work, life, and then he shares with the community. His interviews help geologists to understand the relationships of Geology with other scientific disciplines and with different aspects of life. He dedicates these stories to listeners that have the curiosity and the patience to listen. Minigeology is informal, unedited and spontaneous, but full of content and dedicated to top notch geologists and institutions dedicated to geology.
Here some more info: https://earthscience.rice.edu/minigeology/
YouTube channel of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: https://www.youtube.com/user/iapgeoethics/videos
Book on geoethics and groundwater management
We are glad to inform that a new book has been published at the beginning of April 2021:
Abrunhosa Manuel, Chambel Antonio, Peppoloni Silvia, Chaminé Helder I., eds. (2021). Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development - Proceedings of the 1st Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), Porto - Portugal 2020. XLV + 523 p., 24 b/w illustrations, 180 illustrations in colour, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-59319-3. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59320-9.
This book gathers the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 1st congress on Geoethics & Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), held in Porto, Portugal, in an online format on 18-22 May 2020. Hosted in the School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto in Porto city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the international conference focused on what has now been dubbed "hydrogeoethics", a novel transdisciplinary, scientific field integrating all dimensions of geoethics in groundwater science and practice.
Download the book Front Matter, containing:
- Foreword by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG)
- Foreword by Nabil Khélifi (Springer Senior Publishing Editor)
- Preface by Manuel Abrunhosa (IAPG and IAH), Antonio Chambel (IAH), Silvia Peppoloni, Helder I. Chaminé (IAH)
- Preamble by John Cherry (G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, University of Guelph, University of Waterloo)
- Contents (108 papers)
- About the Editors
IAPG endorses the eLearning Course "Practical Geocommunication"
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New article: Geotourism and geoethics as support for rural development in the Knjaževac municipality, Serbia.
It can be cited as follows:
Marjanović M., Radivojević A.R., Antić A., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Lazarević J., Marković R.S., Tomić N., Milićević A.L., Langović Z., Mišić I. and Marković S.B. (2022).
Geotourism and geoethics as support for rural development in the Knjaževac municipality, Serbia.
Open Geosciences, 14(1), 794-812. https://doi.org/10.1515/geo-2022-0388
Article: Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics.
It can be cited as follows:
Jouini M., Royer-Lavallée A., Pabst T., Chung E., Kim R., Cheong Y.-W. and Neculita C.M. (2022).
Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics.
Minerals, 12(7), 809. https://doi.org/10.3390/min12070809
Article: Science and Citizen Collaboration as Good Example of Geoethics for Recovering a Natural Site in the Urban Area of Rome (Italy).
It can be cited as follows:
Procesi M., Di Capua G., Peppoloni S., Corirossi M. and Valentinelli A. (2022)
Science and Citizen Collaboration as Good Example of Geoethics for Recovering a Natural Site in the Urban Area of Rome (Italy)
Sustainability, 14(8), 4429. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084429
Article: Educational Resources for Geoethical Aspects of Water Management.
It can be cited as follows:
Handl S., Calheiros C.S.C., Fiebig M. and Langergraber G. (2022)
Educational Resources for Geoethical Aspects of Water Management
Geosciences, 12(2), 80. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12020080
Article: Geoetica: un’etica per la relazione tra gli esseri umani e la terra (Geoethics: an ethics for the relationship between humans and the Earth).
It can be cited as follows:
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2021)
Geoetica: un’etica per la relazione tra gli esseri umani e la terra (Geoethics: an ethics for the relationship between humans and the Earth).
The Future of Science and Ethics, 6, 42-53. https://doi.org/10.53267/20210104
Article: The need for transparent communication in mining: a case study in lithium exploitation.
It can be cited as follows:
Ribeiro T., Lima L. and Vasconcelos C. (2021)
The need for transparent communication in mining: a case study in lithium exploitation
International Journal of Science Education, Part B. https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2021.1999530
Article: Hydrogeoethics in sustainable water resources management facing water scarcity in Mediterranean and surrounding regions
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Chaminé H.I., Abrunhosa M., Barbieri M., Naves A., Errami E., Aragão A. and Di Capua G. (2021).
Hydrogeoethics in sustainable water resources management facing water scarcity in Mediterranean and surrounding regions.
Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42990-021-00069-2
Article: Geoethics to Start Up a Pedagogical and Political Path towards Future Sustainable Societies
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2021)
Geoethics to Start Up a Pedagogical and Political Path towards Future Sustainable Societies.
Sustainability, 13(18), 10024. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810024
Article: The Need for Geoethical Awareness: The Importance of
Geoenvironmental Education in Geoheritage Understanding in
the Case of Meteora Geomorphes, Greece
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Georgousis E., Savelides S., Mosios S., Holokolos M.-V., Drinia H. (2021)
The Need for Geoethical Awareness: The Importance of Geoenvironmental Education in
Geoheritage Understanding in the Case of Meteora Geomorphes, Greece.
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6626, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126626
Article: Exemplary Ethical Communities. A New Concept for a Livable Anthropocene
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Conversi D. (2021)
Exemplary Ethical Communities. A New Concept for a Livable Anthropocene.
Sustainability, 13(10), 5582, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105582
Book: Teaching Geoethics
This e-Book was a deliverable of the Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning". It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Vasconcelos Clara, Schneider-Voß Susanne, and Peppoloni Silvia (Eds.)
Resources for higher education
2020, U.Porto Edições, 207 pp., https://doi.org/10.24840/978-989-746-254-2
Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences
Articles on the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences, and on study and research aimed at accompanying safe and sustainable development policies for human communities, transdisciplinary food for thoughts and proposals aimed at addressing global anthropogenic changes
The era of crises: facing the choices to build the future
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)
"For about fifteen years I have been dedicated to the development and promotion of geoethics around the world. When I speak of geoethics, I refer to an ethics of responsibility of the human being towards the Earth system; a geosophy, a "knowledge" of the functioning of the Earth, which in the human being translates into Aristotelian phronesis, a wisdom capable of directing choices, a wisdom of living the Earth, which presupposes the awareness of the human position and condition in the great natural architecture. ..."
Ontology as the quality or essence of existence
(by Patrick Phillips, Scotland, United Kingdom)
Patrick Phillips, writer, artist and environmental guide offers us his personal vision of the deep relationship that binds humans to nature, through his experience of life in a mountain village in Scotland with a short introduction to his book "Eternal Mountain: Essays from Afar" (Expressive Press, June 2021).
Human War and War against Nature: The latest IPCC Report and the Prospect af a Lost Conflict
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)
"... every war is also a war between human beings and nature. ... There is no law, there are no rules. ... Its effects, extended over space and time, are insidious, altering, and irreversible."
A Geo-philosophical Topic – Agency at the Human-Earth Nexus
(by Martin Bohle, Germany)
"... Methodologically it can be undertaken by enlarging the foundations of 'Cape Town Geoethics' with specific political and moral philosophies, which apply a realist-materialist scientific epistemology (Bunge, 2006) to understand the societal fabric, for example, describing differentials of power, voice, sense-making skills, group pressure or access to resources."
Geomorphological heritage and beyond
(by Enrico Cameron, Italy)
"... The pros and cons of the proposed method and of the exclusion approach are of course open to debate, but perhaps it can be agreed that geoconservation should be further extended to everyday territories as much as ecological conservation cannot be identified anymore with protected areas only."
COP26 and Geoethics
(by David Ovadia, United Kingdom)
"... Geoscientists should be at the forefront of providing evidence based advice, yet seem strangely muted. Our ethics are about telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, ..."
What's news about socio-hydrogeology
(by Enrico Cameron, Italy)
"... Geoethics underpins socio-hydrogeology first of all because the latter intrinsically acknowledges, and takes care of, the sociological aspects of the interactions between people and groundwater, promotes a more equitable use of groundwater resources and seeks information sharing as wells as the active participation of stakeholders and water users in studying and solving groundwater related problems. Geoethics, at the same time, offers a wider conceptual framework that, also, helps deciding what to do when dealing with competing and conflicting interests, views and values, that socio-hydrogeology may help to highlight and that are the norm when tackling environmental problems."
The "dark" side of the Moon (and space), between jurisprudence, politics and ecology
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)
"... the Moon is part of the life and imagination of every human being: it is present in all cultures, in myths, in literature, in popular legends. Its formation has made possible the development of life on Earth and continues to influence some fundamental dynamics, and this should be enough to consider it much more than a wasteland, barren and inanimate, to be fought over by nations."
Sustainable Mining – what exactly does it mean?
(by David Ovadia, United Kingdom)
"... So what else can we use as an adjective that means what we want it to mean? How about ‘ethical mining’? This seems to embrace most of the positives without giving the false impression of renewability or permanence. ..."
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Issue n. 1 - 2022
20 May 2022
Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
(Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama (eds.)])
Biodiversity and Climate Change
Scientific Outcome of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop
In the Section 4.2 "Human and Social Dimensions" (page 49) you can read the following sentences, that include also the definition of geoethics by IAPG:
"Ethical behaviour with respect to nature (“geoethics”) is at the core of several discussions regarding adaptation. The values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system play an important role in the awareness of society regarding problems with biodiversity and NCP. Ethical, social, and cultural implications of both scientific knowledge and humankind’s role as an active geological force on the planet and the ethical responsibility that this implies need to be addressed in every plan of action (Bobrowsky et al., 2017). This includes equity issues linked to biodiversity related interventions. These are often not distributionally neutral and have equity implications both within and between generations."
The paper on geoethics cited in the document is:
Bobrowsky, P., Cronin, V. S., Di Capua, G., Kieffer, S. W., & Peppoloni, S. (2017). The emerging field of geoethics. Sci. Integr. Ethics Geosci, 73, 175.
This paper can be read here:
Guidelines for geoconservation in protected and conserved areas
(by Crofts R., Gordon J.E., Brilha J., Gray M., Gunn J., Larwood J., Santucci V.L., Tormey D., and Worboys G.L.)
Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series No. 31. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. ISBN 978-2-8317-2079-1, doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2020.PAG.31.en.
IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 2020
IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with GSAf
Happy Season's Holidays and a Serene New Year 2022
Questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geosciences"
New IAPG officers: Mike Buchanan (IAPG Board of Experts), Parviz Armani (IAPG-Iran), Pedro Isique (IAPG-Peru)
International Geoethics Day 2021