As geoscientists we have to consider the human impact of the decisions we make throughout our careers. There are many circumstances that require us to consider and discuss the ethical code of our profession. Developing the necessary soft skills and creating a forum for the discussion of ethical issues is one of the aims of Geology for Global Development.
The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) is working to raise the profile of ethics within the geoscience community. The IAPG aims make geoscientists more conscious of their role and responsibilities, and inform society about environmental and resource issues. One area which particularly stands out to us is their theme of “organizing effective teaching tools to develop awareness, values and responsibility, especially amongst young people.”
Research into geoethics is often considered ‘low profile’ compared with traditional geoscience research, and fails to make it into the public domain in the form of journal articles. The IAPG has ensures that research gets due credit and discussion. The IAPG are active at conferences, and you can find them at the upcoming international groundwater conference and the 2013 EGU annual meeting.
GfGD will be following the work of the IAPG with interest, and we look forward to possible future collaborations in areas where our work may overlap.