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first_imgBefore Notre Dame took on Massachussetts on Saturday, a panel composed of Notre Dame faculty convened in Jordan Hall of Science to discuss “Science, Religion and Environmental Change: How it Relates to the encyclical the Pope Has Issued.”Panel moderator Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science, said the discussion is particularly timely given that Pope Francis has been speaking about his encyclical, “Laudato si’” and the moral obligation to solve the issue of climate change during his visit to the United States.“Pope Francis in a statement said ‘Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations,’” Galvin said. “‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment.’”The first panelist, David Lodge, professor of biology and director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, began the panel by giving some historical context.“At the intersection of science and religion, you can’t just jump into any modern document and think that it can be taken entirely at face value,” he said. “You want to think about how the scientific community … might react to such a document. The history of the interaction between Christianity and science has been, to say the least, a little fraught on occasion.”Lodge spoke specifically of the conflicts between Galileo, Darwinism and environmentalism and the Church. He said these are three examples “on which it’s difficult to even entertain a serious, polite conversation sometimes” between the Church and the scientific community.“And into that context steps Pope Francis,” Lodge said. “And Pope Francis and the encyclical really provide some just wonderfully refreshing surprises in this context. … Pope Francis takes science really seriously … so scientists can read this document and feel perhaps pleasantly surprised given the context I described.”Lodge also said Francis writes in the encyclical that environmental change should be a moral concern for humans everywhere, not just those who are directly affected by it at this moment in time or those who place an intrinsic value on the lives of other creatures.“In the encyclical Pope Francis says ‘Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common path,’” Lodge said. “God does not only love us, the Pope says, he loves all the other critters, too, and that’s the basis of the moral obligation.”Panelist Georges Enderle, professor of international business ethics said people need to accept climate change is a problem in the world today.“I think it is very crucial to open our eyes and face reality,” he said. “This is not just the opinion of a few people studying philosophy, but I think it’s an urgent need which is emphasized by the Pope in this encyclical.”“Climate change is an enormously complex and urgent problem,” Enderle said. “We need new dialogue, and the Pope, in his address to the joint session and to Congress … urges us to talk together, to seek together and to have a dialogue, because only then will we have a chance to address those important issues. We need action at all levels. The rule of law in a country is a public good, which means everybody benefits from it, and a war is a public bad. Everybody is affected by it. And so, if you say … the climate issue is a public bad, we have to think about how to address it.”The third panelist, Joyce Coffee, managing director of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), said she believes through his encyclical, the Pope has made the issue of climate change a human rights issue that is not just for Americans to think about in terms of how it affects first-world countries such as the United States.“The Pope has really put the question of climate change firmly and unequivocally as a human rights question,” she said. “Those living in lower incomes in least-developed countries experience 10 times more climate impacts than those in rich countries on an annual basis. Our data also showed that it would take more than 100 years for lower income countries to reach the level of resilience that we enjoy in upper-income countries, and this disproportionate risk is something the Papal encyclical calls out.”Coffee also spoke to ND-GAIN’s mission, saying the organization’s mission of service to justice, educating the next generation of leaders and increasing the world’s awareness about the need to adapt to climate change, lines up with Pope Francis’s call to action in his encyclical.“We believe that if we can increase the uptick of investments that save lives and improve livelihoods in the face of global shifts, we will in fact be addressing that incredible call to action that is throughout the Papal encyclical,” Coffee said. “We will actually be seizing opportunities for these collateral benefits of climate adaptation … the Pope spoke to. … Climate adaptation lifts more out of poverty. … Climate adaptation can help decrease armed conflict, especially when that conflict is driven by droughts and food insecurity.”Alan Hamlet, assistant professor in the department of civil environmental engineering and earth sciences, said the encyclical makes the need to address water as a part of this discussion clear.“Almost everything that we care about, in a global context right down to our daily lives, is very connected with water,” he said. “The encyclical does an absolutely great job of laying down the connections between social, technical, economic and so forth, all of those systems. And embedded in almost all of those issues is water.”Hamlet said the world needs to move away from looking to past water trends to predict future ones and to move past the damage report into solutions.“There’s a great need, in the water sector, to move beyond the use of historical records for our planning,” Hamlet said. “We assume that the variability we’ve seen in the past with historical records is a crystal ball of sorts for the future. With climate change, that idea is really gone and we need to use models instead of observations. … We also need to move beyond the damage report. … It is an extensive, formidable list, but we need now to move beyond saying what is going to break to saying how we are going to try to fix it.”Despite the panelists’ praise of Pope Francis’s encyclical for addressing many critical issues, they also voiced concerns about certain aspects, such as its specificity to which it did not address other topics that they felt should be mentioned.During her introduction, Galvin said Notre Dame is already taking necessary steps to meet the challenge presented in the Papal encyclical.“This is a critical time which will require all of us to act,” she said. “At Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins announced this week, on Monday, that Notre Dame will cease burning coal in five years and cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030.”The panelists also spoke about the unique role Notre Dame may play as a Catholic university in carrying out the mission presented by Pope Francis in his encyclical.“I came upon the line [in the encyclical] that said, ‘Young people demand change,’” Coffee said. “‘They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environment degradation and suffering of the excluded.’ I thought that sounds so much like the mission statement here. … I think that we have a real opportunity here to further that quest for human solidarity within the curriculum, action and work that happens at our University that impact society, to really bring more service to justice through the University’s efforts to educate the next generation of leaders.”Tags: and Environmental Change”, encyclical, Professor panel, religion, sciencelast_img read more


first_img Share Related Articles At an exclusive roundtable meeting last summer, SBC Magazine learned that Sportradar and Major League Baseball (MLB) would be developing and distributing exciting new products, which included an extension of the in-game betting markets available.However, we were unaware at the time that this official data partnership would produce a new virtual baseball offering for licensed gaming operators in the US and across the world.Readied for the start of the 2020 season in March, Sportradar’s first virtual gaming solution developed in association with a major US sports league is now providing baseball fans with the perfect way to engage with MLB all year round. This concept could not be more timely given the impact that the coronavirus outbreak is having on the sporting calendar, including the current postponement of MLB matches. David Lampitt, Managing Director for Sports Partnerships at Sportradar, offered his thoughts on expanding the partnership with the new virtual game, for which more than 1,300 motions were captured using a combination of motion capture technology, and software developed specifically to add to the real-life look and feel of the game.Speaking at ICE London, he explained: “We have a multi-faceted partnership with MLB. It started last year, so we’ve already done one season and are looking forward to the start of the second. We’re very pleased to be announcing the launch of a new product, a virtual baseball in-play betting product that we’re excited to be delivering into the market.”Just like for the in-game betting feed, the virtual game leverages official MLB data. Across international markets outside of the US, Sportradar holds exclusive distribution rights for the statistics, as collected at every ballpark via the league’s proprietary technology and stat operators, to both media companies and regulated sports betting operators.Meanwhile in the US, it serves as the official supplier of MLB’s real time betting data feed, where distribution to regulated sports betting operators is on a non-exclusive basis through Sportradar and additional authorised distributors.Lampitt explained the importance of the official data for the virtual game, adding: “Obviously, official data is the fastest, best, most diverse product out there in the market. “What that means is it provides the most realistic solution possible. It’s using the best data and therefore most closely resembles the sorts of outcomes that you would expect in a real MLB game, so as a punter or fan you’re going to get as close to a real life experience as possible because it’s all been based on the real data.”Kenny Gersh, EVP Gaming and New Business Ventures for MLB, said: “One of the reasons we partnered with Sportradar was to develop new, engaging products for our fans, leveraging the power of MLB’s best-in-class content. This first-of-its-kind virtual offering does just that, and we are excited to bring fans this new entertainment option.”The rollout of the virtual game provides further backing to Kenny’s claim at last summer’s roundtable in London that Sportradar was, amongst all competing providers, the best positioned to meet all of the “data distribution needs” for baseball’s premier league.At the time, he explained that Sportradar would be helping MLB to take all the rich, reliable and fast data it collects in the ballpark through Statcast – “a system that is much more than balls and strikes” – and deliver it to the betting market.Frank Wenzig, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Gaming Solutions, was another to speak with SBC Magazine at this year’s ICE (see embedded video above). He said that virtual sports are known to create value in emerging markets, especially around partnerships with a real association or league. He added: “With our MLB partnership, we have the advantage of proper marketing support, giving our clients access to use official MLB branding as a stamp of authenticity. Even beyond the US, MLB is a brand that is well known and well perceived, which will help clients in regions such as Latin America and also Asia.“We have seen in the past that there is a clear tendency for virtual sports to grow alongside sports betting. Nevertheless, due to changes in technology, perceptions quickly change. A couple of years ago, it was all about the desktop, now it’s all about the mobile. So get it up and running in the right way on the right devices, that’s the key.” David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submitlast_img read more