Monday, March 29, 2021

Workshop on Geodiversity

(16 April 2021, 14:00 BST) 

From the International Geodiversity Day website:

"The Promoting Geodiversity Workshop will explore the different ways we can use International Geodiversity Day to promote public and policy engagement with geodiversity. Our international panel of speakers will present on topics including education and outreach projects, citizen science, geoscience careers, and geohazard risk awareness.
The workshop will be held online and will be free for all to attend. The event is hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and funded by Research England's Strategic Priorities Fund allocation to the University of Oxford."

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is a supporting organization of this event.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

IAPG-Canada has a new coordinator

Paul Hubley is the new coordinator of IAPG-Canada. He replaces Shona van Zijll de Jong.

Paul Hubley 
(new IAPG-Canada coordinator)
Paul is Principal and Senior Geoscientist at Hubley Geosciences Limited (HGL) and President-elect of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) (2021-2022 term). He has a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Hydrogeology) and is a recognized Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), Qualified Person (QPESA) in the Province of Ontario, Canada (also recently Alberta and Saskatchewan), Environmental Professional (EP®) through ECO Canada, and is a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM®) certified by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI).

Paul has 30 years of consulting experience on over 1,000 projects in most provinces of Canada. He has provided expert testimony and opinions for Ontario Superior Court proceedings and environmental hearings. Through his training and experience he regularly provides practical direction to issues of property contamination and restoration, liability assessment, risk management and sustainability.

In addition to providing consultation, Paul dedicates considerable time to improving professional practices in the context of social responsibilities. At a former sawmill remediation site on First Nation land, he leads an expert peer reviewer team that conducted 'concept mapping' of both community perception and technical perception of the contaminated lands to identify areas of commonality and discord to ultimately reduce conflict and determine appropriate methods for healing the land and people. At PGO, Paul has been Chair of the Professional Practice Committee since 2012; as Chair Paul spearheaded the development of a "peer review" guideline for professional geoscience work, developed a Sustainability Subcommittee based on the 17 UN SDGs and oversaw the update of best practice guidelines throughout the subdisciplines. As Chair of the Geoscience Symposium Planning Committee (2020) and Chair of the session on Geoethics and Sustainability he has demonstrated his ability to disseminate geoethics and professional best practice information to geoscientists. He is Co-Chair for the Risk Management session of the PGO Geoscience Symposium scheduled for April 2021. He is currently contributing to risk-based governance strategies at PGO.

Congratulations Paul from the IAPG geoethics community!!!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Seminar on Geoethics in Italy

(26 March 2021, 15:00-18:00 CEST) 

This event is organized by University of Chieti - Department of Engineering and Geology. 

Speakers: Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) and Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer). The seminar is entitled "Geoethics: theoretical foundations and its practical applications in the field of geo-risks and georesources". 

This seminar is in Italian.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Introduction: geoethics goes beyond the geoscience profession

by Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Susan W. Kieffer, and Cindy Palinkas

This is the introductory chapter of the book "Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives"


This is the second volume focused on geoethics published as a Special Publication of the Geological Society of London, a significant step forward in which authors address the maturation of geoethics, a maturity that has strengthened its theoretical foundations in recent years and increased the insight of its reflections. 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. What is clear is that geoethics has a distinction in the geoscientific community for discussing the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice and education, as well as communication. This provides a common ground for integrating ideas, experiences and proposals on how geosciences can provide additional services 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.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

recordings and materials now available online

iCRAG and AGI are pleased to inform that all of the recordings and materials related to the lecture series is now available on the series website:

They are also very interested in understanding your opinions about the series, through a survey at:

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been media partner of the Lecture Series, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences and iCRAG - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences. 


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Rediscovering the sense of the human in a chaos of "ceneisms"

by Silvia Peppoloni*

This article was published in ReWriters Magazine, in Italian and English:

* Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome (Italy); Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics; Councillor of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences; Member of the Ethical Board of ICOS - Intergrated Carbon Observation System; Coordinator of IAPG-Italy; Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Geological Society. Email:

Silvia Peppoloni
The words accompanying the final scene of the movie "Antropocene: the Human Epoch" (2018) try to relieve us of the anguish induced by the images on the anthropogenic planetary disaster and to alleviate our powerless regret of human beings, accomplices of the state in which the Earth is, allowing us to glimpse a way for our redemption: "The Earth is four and a half billion years old; we can read her story in the rocks. Modern civilization has only developed in the last 10,000 years, but our species has managed to push the planet’s systems beyond their natural limits. We are all involved, some more deeply than others. But the tenacity and optimism that have made us progress can help us return these systems to a level that ensures the safety of life on Earth. Recognizing and re-evaluating the signs of our domination is the beginning of change."

The Anthropocene, on the one hand domination and abuse, on the other awareness and hope.

The Anthropocene has been discussed for about twenty years. The term was introduced by Eugene Stoermer in the eighties to indicate the recent epoch dominated by the human being, but it assumed global significance at the beginning of the 21st century thanks to Paul Crutzen, who has recently deceased, Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his studies on the ozone depletion.

Since then, the scientific community, as well as the philosophical and the social sciences ones, have been animated by heated debates around this word and the implied concept. In the scientific field, geoscientists are still trying to understand whether it is possible and correct from a stratigraphic point of view to call Anthropocene a new geological epoch after the Holocene, which in turn began 11,700 years ago at the end of the last glacial period. To do this, it would be necessary to identify a stratigraphic marker, clearly anthropogenic, within the most recent geological deposits, unequivocally associated with a geo-environmental transition, persistent in geological time and detectable in various points of the Earth, with planetary extension and  temporally coeval, so as to be able to represent a precise chronostratigraphic limit in the deep time scale of geology, a transition between different moments in the history of the planet.

There are numerous ideas about it, as I have illustrated in the book "Geoetica" (in Italian), recently published by Donzelli Editore, but the question is intricate and full of meanings, not only scientific. Philosophers, sociologists, economists, historians talk about it in their analyzes, emphasizing inequalities, the logic of power and domination, the darker side of capitalism that the current idea of Anthropocene brings with it. Moreover, beyond its possible scientific certification, the Anthropocene is the epoch in which the history of the planet and human history are intertwined, and is in fact characterized by "Homo sapiens", unopposed ruler of nature, incessant modifier of his/her ecological niche according to needs and the desire to satisfy the instincts of primacy over his/her fellowmen. The Anthropocene, therefore, as a paradigm of the rigid application of anthropocentrism in its most negative meaning, in which the human being acquits him/herself of the charge of having caused the destruction of other living beings, the biosphere, the entire Earth system.

These considerations are usually linked to a series of criticisms and attacks, sometimes with moralistic tones, on Western civilization, responsible for all that is negative in past and present history, including the current "ecological crisis".

Starting from this vision, after all agreeable and full of useful ideas to initiate the essential changes to reverse the course, over the years a series of subcategories of the Anthropocene have been derived, progressively used to connote the main features of our time, an undergrowth of terms with the common suffix "-cene" (from the Greek kainós, which means "new, recent"). Here are some of these proposals: Thermocene, Anglocene, Capitalocene, Thanatocene, Phagocene, Fronocene, Agnotocene, Polemocene, Sinforocene, Plasticocene, Pandemiocene, Tecnocene, Econocene, Homogenocene, Chthulucene, Entropocene, even Trumpocene …. and I'm certainly forgetting others. All these terms ultimately dissect the Anthropocene analytically and then recompose it into a complex molecule of "ceneisms".

However, behind the scientific-philosophical dissertation that supports the reasons for one or the other proposal, definition, sub-categorization, there is a possible risk: the very rich human experience could be simplistically considered something to be totally denied, and the Anthropocene could be reduced to the set of products of a polluting, abusive, cynical and slaughtering human being, in an iconoclastic battle against anthropocentrism, for which the human species would be the true virus of the planet. And in this condemnation process, the best of the human beings could almost vanish: their creativity, curiosity, ability to be supportive and empathetic, to build bonds of love and friendship. In the same way, the achievements and the best expressions of the intellectual and technical commitment of the human being, such as art, science, technology, law, philosophy, democracy. Reducing the Anthropocene to this could only generate anxiety, frustration, schizophrenia, the loss of all hope for the future.

Human beings build and determine themselves in their individuality, but it is their sphere of relationships that gives meaning to their existence: social and natural interactions are expressions of their nature beyond their own body. This dense network of relationships constitutes the human, without interruption in its being.

Reflecting on this can make us hope that the Anthropocene, in its most negative sense, even before it begins, can already be considered finished, past, dissolved in the light of a new awareness of mutual belonging and commitment to responsibility. Moreover, it can accelerate that crisis of conscience arising from the Anthropocene able to ferry us as soon as possible towards the Koinocene, which the anthropologist Adriano Favole defines "… a new era in which the human being will be able to recognize similarity, community, participation, relationships … between all living and non-living beings who inhabit the planet."

The Earth, therefore, as a space of relationships, a place where the concept of koiné, as a common and unifying language, is specified in its expanded meaning of universal civilization, of community, of a social dimension shared by all the peoples that constitute the complex mosaic of humanity, of participation without dichotomies and contrasts between human and non-human beings, animate and inanimate, between nature and spirit.

In this continuous and frantic race to understand what we are, often identifying ourselves in a schizophrenic way outside of ourselves, we unconsciously deny ourselves, defining our complexity with unsatisfactory words. And while we focus our analyzes on frustration, considering it the cause and not the effect of a split in ourselves and from our nature, we guiltily forget the human being in his/her authenticity.

Perhaps in order to avert irreversible planetary events, it is not necessary to change the human being, the true, authentic, wise one, but only to learn to rediscover and listen to him/her.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Geoethics in a webinar in memoriam of Carlos Soares and Laura Segura

(11 March 2021, 17:30 GMT-3) 

Eduardo Marone (IAPG-Brazil coordinator) gives a talk on geoethics in the webinar organized "in memorian" of Prof. Carlos Soares and Laura Segura.

This event is organized by the International Ocean Institute - América Latina and Caribe. The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of this webinar. 

The webinar goes live on YouTube at the following link:

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Geoethics Medal 2021

Call for nominations

The Geoethics Medal rewards scientists who have distinguished themselves in applying/favouring/assuring ethical approaches in the geoscience research and practice.

For the IAPG Geoethics Medal 2021 nominations should be submitted by 31 May 2021, by providing the following material about the candidate:
  • CV (about 1 page) and a list of up to 10 selected publications that show the focus on ethical/social/cultural implications in the geoscience work.
  • Concise statement of achievements for merits in the geoethical field (no more than 250 words).
  • Brief encomium of the candidate and his/her work (no more than 600 words).
Proposals have to be submitted through an email to:, with the subject "Nomination for the IAPG Geoethics Medal 2021"

Nominations will be evaluated by an international committee.

IAPG officers (Members of the Executive Council, Coordinators of National Sections, Corresponding Citizen Scientists, Members of Task Groups, Members of the Board of the Young Scientists Club) cannot be nominated for the Geoethics Medal.

2020: John Geissman (USA)
2019: Linda Gundersen (USA)
2018: Chris King (United Kingdom)

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Webinar on Geoethics in Turkey

(11 March 2021, 20:00 GMT+3) 

Giuseppe Di Capua
Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer) gives a talk on geoethics in the event organized by MJD - Maden Jeologları Derneği (Turkish Association of Economic Geologists), entitled "Geoethics: strengthening geoscience professionalism and the social role of geoscientists".

Geoscience expertise is essential for the functioning of modern societies. All branches of geosciences have cultural, social and ethical implications. Hence, geoscientists face ethical issues in their professional and societal activities. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns and to nourish a discussion on the fundamental values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. This talk will provide the foundations of geoethics (definition, vision, principles, and values) and an overview on activities of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

The webinar is open and there is no fee to attend it.

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Meeting ID: 993 9939 6733
Meeting Password: 357968


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Monday, March 1, 2021

Geology, Climate Change and New Policy for our Territories benefit

by José Martín Cabello Lechuga*

Economic Geologist, Science communicator, Past President, Sociedad Geológica de Chile (Geological Society of Chile)

José Martín Cabello Lechuga

Learning the interaction between environmental change and the evolution of life over hundreds of millions of years gives valuable insight into changes humans are causing by using fossil fuels impacting the environment.  Just as we are beginning to understand more fully the impact we are having on our territory, resources are becoming scarcer, and the population is larger. As we seek to live more sustainably and equitably, geologists are developing a more comprehensive view of the use of water and mineral resources, derived waste and by-products, and our complex interactions with soil, land, sea, air and life, which together form the Earth's system. Geology studies the structure of this planet and processes that have formed it throughout its extended history, and continue to do so.
Our planet has a good base of geological research, fundamental to understand Earth's processes and future environmental challenges. Adequate investment in research will drive economic development and play a leading role in contesting environmental challenges. 
Our future is one where resources are limited, and the impacts of extracting and using them more intensely are risky. An increasing population rightly expects greater prosperity and more equitable access to natural resources, exerting additional pressure, particularly on the water-energy-food pool. The safe and sustainable supply of water and energy is made difficult by climate change. The increase in consumption will have implications for domestic supply as well as for energy and water producing industries, as well as mining and construction.

Protecting and valuing our environment

Our policy needs a holistic view of ecosystems. The relevance of geology and geosphere to environmental protection and the provision of systemic echo services are too often overlooked. They are not considered to shape our landscape, interact with the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and sustain living systems. The Earth's rich geological heritage and ecosystem diversity is valuable in terms of education, tourism and quality of life. It is vital that geologically important sites are adequately protected. The protection functions performed by the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere are of great environmental value, and are beginning to be properly understood. The ability of natural systems to withstand change depends in part on the pollutant loads they can absorb.
Geological hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunamis, can have devastating effects on populations, infrastructure and landscapes of the territory. Understanding and effectively communicating the risks, impacts and mitigation of these hazards is essential to reduce human suffering and material losses.

Past Climate Changes: Geological Evidence

The geological record contains abundant demonstration that the climate has changed in the past. That evidence is very relevant to understand how it may change in the future.  Over the past 200 million years, the fossil and sedimentary record shows that our planet has suffered many climatic fluctuations, from warmer than the current climate to much colder, on many different time scales. In addition to the cyclic variation caused by variation in the Earth's orbit and solar activity, there have been cases of rapid climate change associated with atmospheric carbon increases, as happened 55 million years ago (Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum). Evidence of past climate change is preserved in a wide range of geological environments, including marine and lake sediments, ice sheets, fossil corals, stalagmites and fossil tree rings.
Field observation, laboratory techniques and mathematical models show how and why the climate has changed in the past. This knowledge of the past allows us to estimate likely changes in the future. Life on Earth has survived major changes in climate in the past, but these have caused mass extinctions and redistribution of species. The impact of relatively small increases in global temperatures can be enormous in human society.
The causes of past cases of rapid climate change are the subject of research, but the trigger for such events is likely to be of geological origin, for example, a period of intense volcanic activity. By contrast, rapid increases in atmospheric CO2 in recent decades cannot be attributed to any of these geological causes.
Human activity has had dramatic impacts on earth's landscape, subsoil and systems, driving significant atmospheric, chemical, physical and biological changes. The development of society has been responsible for a significant remodeling of the territory through a variety of processes, including agriculture, construction, river channeling, deforestation, urban growth and industrialization. In addition to the use of fossil fuels, the Industrial Revolution brought considerable levels of pollution from mining, smelting and waste disposal.

Climate Change, Geology and New Policy

The application of Geology in political definitions on Climate Change is essential considering the hope of progress towards lasting well-being for our territories. Greater scientific contribution is needed to contribute to strategic environmental assessment and more widespread territorial planning. Thinking of a New Policy and Governance, it is essential to expand its future effectiveness by gathering in them all the knowledge developed by professionals dedicated to Geosciences. This way we can have managed territories with a clear sense of sustainable development for the benefit of all.


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