1st Edition

Climate Justice and Non-State Actors Corporations, Regions, Cities, and Individuals

Edited By Jeremy Moss, Lachlan Umbers Copyright 2020
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the relationship between non-state actors and climate justice from a philosophical perspective.

    The climate justice literature remains largely focused upon the rights and duties of states. Yet, for decades, states have failed to take adequate steps to address climate change. This has led some to suggest that, if severe climate change and its attendant harms are to be avoided, non-state actors are going to have to step into the breach. This collection represents the first attempt to systematically examine the climate duties of the most significant non-state actors – corporations, sub-national political communities, and individuals.

    Targeted at academic philosophers working on climate justice, this collection will also be of great interest to students and scholars of global justice, applied ethics, political philosophy and environmental humanities.


    Lachlan Umbers (UWA) and Jeremy Moss (UNSW)

    Chapter 1: Levels of Climate Action

    Garrett Cullity (Adelaide)

    Chapter 2: Sub-National Climate Duties: Addressing Three Challenges

    Lachlan Umbers (UWA)

    Chapter 3: Carbon Majors and Corporate Responsibility for Climate Change

    Jeremy Moss (UNSW)

    Chapter 4: Sectoral responsibility for climate justice: is aviation exceptionalism defensible?

    Elisabeth Ellis (Otago)

    Chapter 5: Corporations’ Duties in a Changing Climate

    Stephanie Collins (ACU)

    Chapter 6: Individual Climate Justice Duties: The Cooperative Promotional Model & Its Challenges

    Elizabeth Cripps (Edinburgh)

    Chapter 7: Are We Morally Required to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Independently of What Others Do?

    Susanne Burri (LSE)

    Chapter 8: Right-Leveling Indeterminacy: Environmental Problems, Non-State Actors, and the Global Economic Market

    Benjamin Hale (UC-Boulder)


    Jeremy Moss is a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His main research interests are in political philosophy and applied philosophy. Current projects include: climate justice, the ethics of renewable energy as well as the ethical issues associated with climate transitions. He is Director of the Practical Justice Initiative and leads the Climate Justice Research programme at UNSW. Moss has published several books including: Reassessing Egalitarianism, Climate Change and Social Justice, and Climate Change and Justice (Cambridge University Press).

    Lachlan Umbers  is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He works primarily in moral and political philosophy, with a particular focus upon issues in democratic theory and climate justice. His work has been published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Philosophical Studies, Political Studies, and the European Journal of Political Theory.