Philip Cafaro

Last name: 
Cafaro
GBC Committee Role: 
Researcher

I'm a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University and an affiliated faculty member with CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, my main research interests are in environmental ethics, consumption and population issues, wild lands preservation, and the creation of sustainable societies that respect limits to growth. I'm the author of "Thoreau's Living Ethics" and co-editor of the anthology "Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation," both from University of Georgia Press, and of the forthcoming "How Many Is Too Many? The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States." I've lobbied Congress on behalf of the Wilderness Society and the Massachusetts and Colorado state legislatures on behalf of the Sierra Club, and co-wrote the proposal to designate the Cache la Poudre River through Fort Collins an Audubon Society Important Bird Area. I'm currently President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

Title/Role: 
Professor
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Phone: 
970-491-2061
Research Interests (General): 
Research Interests (Specific): 
Global climate change; biodiversity preservation; global and US population policy; consumption, overconsumption and human well-being; alternatives to the endless growth economy; human character as it relates to ecological sustainability
Research Projects: 
Project Title: 
Exploring the meaning of the 6th mass extinction, among scientists, conservationists and the general public; specifying the virtues necessary to create genuinely sustainable societies.