1st Edition

Climate Change Ethics and the Non-Human World

Edited By Brian G. Henning, Zack Walsh Copyright 2020
    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines from different perspectives the moral significance of non-human members of the biotic community and their omission from climate ethics literature.

    The complexity of life in an age of rapid climate change demands the development of moral frameworks that recognize and respect the dignity and agency of both human and non-human organisms. Despite decades of careful work in non-anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics, recent anthologies on climate ethics have largely omitted non-anthropocentric approaches. This multidisciplinary volume of international scholars tackles this lacuna by presenting novel work on non-anthropocentric approaches to climate ethics. Written in an accessible style, the text incorporates sentiocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric perspectives on climate change.

    With diverse perspectives from both leading and emerging scholars of environmental ethics, geography, religious studies, conservation ecology, and environmental studies, this book will offer a valuable reading for students and scholars of these fields.

    Eileen Crist


    Brian Henning and Zack Walsh

    1. Climate Change and the Loss of Nonhuman Welfare
    John Nolt

    2. Anthropocentrism and the Anthropocene: Restoration and Geoengineering as Negative Paradigms of Epistemological Domination
    Eric Katz

    3. Climate Ethics Bridging Animal Ethics to Overcome Climate Inaction: An Approach from Strategic Visual Communication
    Laura Fernández Aguilera

    4. Suffering, Sentientism and Sustainability: An Analysis of a Non-Anthropocentric Moral Framework for Climate Ethics
    Rebekah Humphreys

    5. Biocentrism, Climate Change, and the Spatial and Temporal Scope of Ethics
    Robin Attfield

    6. Evaluating Climate Change with the Language of the Forms of Life
    Claudio Campagna and Daniel Guevara

    7. Thinking Through the Anthropocene: Educating for a Planetary Community
    Whitney Bauman

    8. Conflicting Advice: Resolving Conflicting Moral Recommendations in Climate and Environmental Ethics
    Patrik Baard

    9. An Eco-centric Proposal for Setting a Price on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Karen Green

    10. Being Human: An Ecocentric Approach to Climate Ethics
    Amanda Nichols

    11. Atmospheres of Object-Oriented Ontology
    Sam Mickey

    12. Monsters, Metamorphoses, and The Horror of Ethics in the ‘Pelagioscene’
    Jeremy Gordon

    13. Gut Check: Imagining a Posthuman ‘Climate’
    Connie Johnston

    14. Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene Epoch
    Holmes Rolston III


    Brian G. Henning is a professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Gonzaga University. He is founding Co-Chair of the climate action group 350 Spokane. His research includes more than 35 articles and nine books, including Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change and the award-winning book The Ethics of Creativity.

    Zack Walsh is Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. He co-leads the A Mindset for the Anthropocene (AMA) project, which is a transdisciplinary research project and emerging network of change agents integrating personal and socio-ecological transformations to sustainability.