Online Seminar UPF Indonesia

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UPF INDONESIA’s Online Seminar on Environmental Ethics

Jakarta, Indonesia— On Saturday morning, April 18, 2020, during the quarantine period against the spread of COVID-19 virus, UPF Indonesia held its first online seminar on Environmental Ethics discussing the view of Arne Naess on “Deep Ecology and the Role of Human in the Entire Universe”. The seminar was led by Rev. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun, a Catholic priest from the MSC order who just defended his dissertation on the same topic in Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta.

The seminar and discussion, which was moderated by Mr. Petrus Lakonawa, S.S., M.TH, a lecturer at BINUS University, Jakarta, and an Ambassador for Peace of UPF Indonesia, was able to gather around 95 enthusiastic participants from all over the country, from West Papua, Mollucas Province, North Celebes, North Sumatra, and from different cities of Java.

The participants hailed from various backgrounds such as university professors and lecturers, high school teachers, university students, NGO workers, journalists, artists and UPF members.

Rev. Fr. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun, MSC who is a philosophy professor and a formator at Pineleng Major Seminary, and the author of the newly published book, The Position and Role of Humankind in the Universe according to Arne Naess: Responses to the Critiques of Al Gore (2020), drew inspiring ethical imperatives from Arne Naess’ discourse on deep ecology. He pushed forward a paradigm shift from the long standing anthropocentrism towards the liberating eco-centric paradigm by inviting the participants to look at the intrinsic values of the environment, not only on their instrumental values for human self-interests, and asked them to respect the integrity of all creatures by sustaining and preserving the rights of all creatures for their existence, for living, growing and self-actualizations. “All creatures have the rights and goals for self-realizations and it is the responsibility of us human beings who are more equipped with higher faculties, rational capabilities and freedom to take care of others and to preserve the wellness and integrity of creation,” stressed Rev. Fr. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun MSC as he summed up his presentation.

The seminar was enriched by ecological themed songs, performed by the Bitung Family Center Group, one of the UPF Indonesia branches in North Celebes, and was concluded with a report about UPF Indonesia’s past and future projects on the environment presented by Mr. Alfred Forno, General Secretary of UPF Indonesia. The webinar ended with the closing remarks by Prof. Dr. Payaman Simajuntak, Vice President of UPF Indonesia, who encouraged all to carry on the ecological awareness and responsibility to more concrete actions so as to respond to the call of Arne Naess’ vision to make deep ecology as a social movement in order to address the serious ecological crisis we currently face in the world.

UPF INDONESIA’s Online Seminar on Environmental Ethics

Jakarta, Indonesia— On Saturday morning, April 18, 2020, during the quarantine period against the spread of COVID-19 virus, UPF Indonesia held its first online seminar on Environmental Ethics discussing the view of Arne Naess on “Deep Ecology and the Role of Human in the Entire Universe”. The seminar was led by Rev. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun, a Catholic priest from the MSC order who just defended his dissertation on the same topic in Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta.

The seminar and discussion, which was moderated by Mr. Petrus Lakonawa, S.S., M.TH, a lecturer at BINUS University, Jakarta, and an Ambassador for Peace of UPF Indonesia, was able to gather around 95 enthusiastic participants from all over the country, from West Papua, Mollucas Province, North Celebes, North Sumatra, and from different cities of Java.

The participants hailed from various backgrounds such as university professors and lecturers, high school teachers, university students, NGO workers, journalists, artists and UPF members.

Rev. Fr. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun, MSC who is a philosophy professor and a formator at Pineleng Major Seminary, and the author of the newly published book, The Position and Role of Humankind in the Universe according to Arne Naess: Responses to the Critiques of Al Gore (2020), drew inspiring ethical imperatives from Arne Naess’ discourse on deep ecology. He pushed forward a paradigm shift from the long standing anthropocentrism towards the liberating eco-centric paradigm by inviting the participants to look at the intrinsic values of the environment, not only on their instrumental values for human self-interests, and asked them to respect the integrity of all creatures by sustaining and preserving the rights of all creatures for their existence, for living, growing and self-actualizations. “All creatures have the rights and goals for self-realizations and it is the responsibility of us human beings who are more equipped with higher faculties, rational capabilities and freedom to take care of others and to preserve the wellness and integrity of creation,” stressed Rev. Fr. Dr. Barnabas Berty Ohoiwutun MSC as he summed up his presentation.

The seminar was enriched by ecological themed songs, performed by the Bitung Family Center Group, one of the UPF Indonesia branches in North Celebes, and was concluded with a report about UPF Indonesia’s past and future projects on the environment presented by Mr. Alfred Forno, General Secretary of UPF Indonesia. The webinar ended with the closing remarks by Prof. Dr. Payaman Simajuntak, Vice President of UPF Indonesia, who encouraged all to carry on the ecological awareness and responsibility to more concrete actions so as to respond to the call of Arne Naess’ vision to make deep ecology as a social movement in order to address the serious ecological crisis we currently face in the world.

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