June 10, 2014, by Blue-Green team
Restoring the Dignity of Johnson Creek (Portland, Oregon)
This is the second of our audio blogs and presents the after dinner speech given by Professor Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham) at the Annual Assembly of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC), 22 May 2014, hosted at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Colin and the Blue-Green Cities Team were in Portland in May 2014 as part of the Clean Water For All (CWFA) Research project.
Colin opened the talk with a quotation by Immanuel Kant – 1781:
‘Everything has either a price or a dignity. Whatever has a price can be replaced by something else as its equivalent;on the other hand, whatever is above all price, and therefore admits of no equivalent, has a dignity.’
Kant, I. 1781. Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure reason).
Johnson Creek has a dignity because it is unique and therefore cannot be replaced.