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Climate Justice

An Introduction

By Dominic Roser, Christian Seidel

© 2017 – Routledge

230 pages

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Description

The link between justice and climate change is becoming increasingly prominent in public debates on climate policy. This clear and concise philosophical introduction to climate justice addresses the hot topic of climate change as a moral challenge.

Using engaging everyday examples the authors address the core arguments by providing a comprehensive and balanced overview of this heated debate, enabling students and practitioners to think critically about the subject area and to promote discussion on questions such as:

  • Why do anything in the face of climate change?
  • How much do we owe our descendants – a better world, or nothing at all?
  • How should we distribute the burden of climate action between industrialized and developing countries?
  • Should I adopt a green lifestyle even if no one else makes an effort?
  • Which means of reducing emissions are permissible?
  • Should we put hope in technological solutions?
  • Should we re-design democratic institutions for more effective climate policy?

With chapter summaries, illustrative examples and suggestions for further reading, this book is an ideal introduction for students in political philosophy, applied ethics and environmental ethics, as well as for practitioners working on one of the most urgent issues of our time.

Reviews

"This book does an admirable job of guiding us through the maze of moral issues surrounding climate change. Its lucid style and use of examples from everyday life pin down the really important questions, and map out the philosophical territory to date around them. This is a perfect introduction to the complexities of climate change as the biggest moral challenge humanity has ever faced."

Catriona McKinnon, University of Reading, UK

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Climate Change as an Ethical Challenge

Part I Do We Need To Do Anything at All? Moral Justification of the Need to Act

2 Three Reasons for Skepticism About the Duty to Mitigate Climate Change

3 Fundamental Doubts about Our Responsibility for the Future

4 Mitigation, Adaptation, or Climate Engineering—Do Many Roads Lead to the Desired Goal?

Part II How Much Do We Need to Do? Intergenerational Justice

5 Equality for Our Descendants

6 More for Our Descendants

7 Enough for Our Descendants

8 Uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle

9 Inequality and an Interim Conclusion

Part III How Should We Assign Responsibility? Global Justice

10 The Greatest Redistribution in Human History

11 Grandfathering: To Those Who Have, More Shall Be Given

12 The Polluter Pays Principle: Taking Responsibility for One’s Actions

13 The Beneficiary Pays Principle: Those Who Benefit Must Pay

14 The Ability-to-Pay Principle: To Each According to Her Means

15 Emissions Egalitarianism: Dividing up the Cake Equally

16 A Far-Reaching Proposal

Part IV From Ethical Theory to Political Practice

17 Non-ideal Theory: What to Do When Others Fail to Comply?

18 Population, Technology, Affluence: Three Strategies for Reducing Emissions

19 The Market for Emissions: A Modern Sale of Indulgences?

20 Procedural Justice: Democracy in Times of Climate Change

21 Looking Back and Checking Up With Reality

Glossary

Index

About the Authors

Dominic Roser is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations at the University of Oxford, UK.

Christian Seidel is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General