Public lecture | Climate ethics: embracing justice, avoiding extortion
LSE Deparment of Government and Grantham Research Institute public lecture, introduced and chaired by Dr Kai Spiekermann
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Some claim that ethical considerations, and especially those of justice, should be eliminated from global climate policy in favor of those based largely on narrow economic self-interest. To illustrate the dangers of this position, I argue that approaches that aim to avoid justice are at risk of endorsing climate extortion, a clear violation of ethical norms. Consequently, norms of global, corrective and intergenerational justice must be incorporated in any reasonable and feasible climate policy that does not violate intelligibility constraints.
Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.
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