We've Come A Long Way - Maybe (The History of the Right to Die Movement: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed)
The aid in dying movement has made significant progress in just the last year. Vermont has been added to the list of states that permit this choice, and a New Mexico court ruled there is a constitutionally protected right to end one's suffering at the end of life. Yet the debate over the moral and ethical issues is far from settled and is likely to persist for decades to come.
Roland Halpern, Regional Outreach and Campaign Manager for Compassion & Choices, the nation's oldest and largest organization advocating for choice at the end of life, will explore the history of a controversy that goes back thousands of years, discuss what has happened since then, and explain what is likely to happen in the future.
Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing and optional breakfast. The meeting starts at 10:00 am.
In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.
But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?
Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.
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