1st Edition

Climate Change and Environmental Ethics

By Ved Nanda Copyright 2011
    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    There is a broad consensus that climate change presents the international community with a formidable challenge. Yet progress on all fronts - prevention, mitigation, and adaptation - has been slow. Ved P. Nanda finds an explanation for this disparity in the sharp divide between the developed and developing countries. Developing countries demand that major industrialized nations provide the necessary resources and technology to address climate change, while many developed countries seek firm commitments and timetables on action from the developing countries. The result is a stalemate.Climate Change and Environmental Ethics contains first-rate research and thinking from scholars from multiple disciplines - ethics, ecology, philosophy, economics, political science, history, and international law. What distinguishes this volume from recent work on climate change are two of its special features. One is the multi-disciplinary backgrounds of the scholars, their stellar experiences, and the wisdom with which they express not simply their philosophy and theory but also their suggestions for concrete, specific action in practical terms. The second is the special niche this volume fills in its overarching theme of the need for a renewed environmental ethic that can bring together these disparate but interconnected views.This volume explores alternative ways of conceiving our relation to the natural world. A spirit of international cooperation and collaboration is needed to meet the challenge. The reader is compelled to think anew about our understanding of the scientific and technical issues, as well as our values and ethical responsibilities regarding climate change.

    Introduction; I: Philosophy; 1: Toward an Earth Ethic: Aldo Leopold’s Anticipation of the Gaia Hypothesis; 2: Climate Change, Environmental Ethics, and Biocentrism; 3: Moral Ambiguities in the Politics of Climate Change; 4: Ethical and Prudential Responsibilities, Culture and Climate Change; II: Governance; 5: Closing the Boxes, Enlarging the Circles: Toward a New Paradigm of Global Governance and Economy; 6: Climate Change Policy with a Renewed Environmental Ethic: An Ecological Economics Approach; 7: Two Global Crises, Ethics Renewal, and Governance Reform; III: International Law and Human Rights; 8: Climate Change, Developing Countries, and Human Rights: An International Law Perspective; 9: Future Generations’ Rights: Linking Intergenerational and Intragenerational Rights in Ecojustice 1; 10: Climate Change and Poverty: Confronting Our Moral and Ethical Commitments: Some Reflections; IV: Civil Society; 11: Soft Power, NGOs, and Climate Change: The Case of The Nature Conservancy; 12: Climate Changes Everything; V: Case Studies; 13: Trends and Impacts of Climate Change in Cameroon, Central Africa: Considerations for Renewed Ethics towards Resilience Options for the Community; 14: Addressing Climate Change: Challenges, Ethics, and Hope


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