Please join the Center for Environmental Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and the members of the Richardson Environmental Action League in congratulating the recipient of the 2015 REAL Fellowship Award, Favio Valenti Possamai. There were outstanding submissions and the committee had a difficult decision.
Mr. Possamai’s submitted abstract:
Fábio Valenti Possamai is currently working on a project that discusses the similarities and differences between the North American and the South American environmental ethics. In order to accomplish that he will examine the life and work of José Lutzenberger, one of the most famous environmentalists in Brazil. Lutzenberger died in 2002. Furthermore, his work will be used as the core element of this project, which also intends to use Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and J. Baird Callicott’s Earth Ethic to obtain a new environmental thinking – one that has characteristics from both hemispheres. Fábio’s main research interests include environmental philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and epistemology. Also, he is a co-author of a chapter in the upcoming book Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice (edited by Dr. Ricardo Rozzi and Dr. J. Baird Callicott). The chapter’s name is “Chico Mendes and José Lutzenberger: Ecosystem Management at Multiple Scales of Government.” His idea is to, in the future, create a joint initiative between his university in Brazil (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS) and UNT, using as template the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, conducted by UNT (here in the United States), the University of Magallanes, and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile. This would be a great opportunity to further strengthen the bond between our two hemispheres and, at the same time, advertise UNT as a university that wants to keep evolving by creating solutions to our current environmental crisis.
The Selection Committee would like to thank each of you who applied and applaud your efforts. We encourage each of you to continue to strive toward excellence in your field of study.