RFO Speaker Series: "The Case for (Outer) Space in Environmentalism" with Dr. Emily Ray

  • July 20, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Pacific Standard Time

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Humans have already breached the upper atmosphere with technological breakthroughs in rocketry, and humans have had a continuous presence in low-earth orbit on the International Space Station since October 31st, 2000. It is time to acknowledge that outer space is part of our natural environment, and to think about our uses and habitation in it in discussions on climate change and the Anthropocene. However, the Anthropocene is ordinarily associated with life on Earth and the conditions of climate change. Dr. Ray puts forward that for those concerned about climate change it is time to reckon with outer space as another human environment.


Emily Ray is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Sonoma State University. Her expertise is in environmental political theory and politics, with particular interest in the intersections of climate change, technology, outer space policy, doomsday prepping, and social theory.







Date & Time

Thu, Jul 20, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Robert Ferguson Observatory

The Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) is volunteer amateur and professional astronomers plus a small supporting staff organized as a nonprofit association to provide educational programs about science and astronomy for students, the public, and in support of educators.

The VMOA is responsible for the construction, maintenance and utilization of the Robert Ferguson Observatory and functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the auspices of the California State Parks System, and in cooperation with our local state parks.