Climate Justice and Non-State Actors: Corporations, Regions, Cities, and Individuals, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Climate Justice and Non-State Actors

Corporations, Regions, Cities, and Individuals, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeremy Moss, Lachlan Umbers


200 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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)

About the Editors

Jeremy Moss is professor of political philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His main research interests are in political philosophy and applied philosophy. Current research interests include projects on: 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 program 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 a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. 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.

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Ethics

Routledge Environmental Ethics

Series Editor: Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Routledge Environmental Ethics series aims to gather novel work on questions that fall at the intersection of the normative and the practical, with an eye toward conceptual issues that bear on environmental policy and environmental science. Recognizing the growing need for input from academic philosophers and political theorists in the broader environmental discourse, but also acknowledging that moral responsibilities for environmental alteration cannot be understood without rooting themselves in the practical and descriptive details, this series aims to unify contributions from within the environmental literature.

Books in this series can cover topics in a range of environmental contexts, including individual responsibility for climate change, conceptual matters affecting climate policy, the moral underpinnings of endangered species protection, complications facing wildlife management, the nature of extinction, the ethics of reintroduction and assisted migration, reparative responsibilities to restore, among many others.

We welcome book proposals from all branches of ethics, political theory, and philosophy more broadly, aiming to create a collection of work that touches on the most pressing environmental issues of our time. We favour manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively style that minimizes jargon. As our readership includes scholars and students from across the disciplinary spectrum, we also hope to support work that both brings practical relevance to theoretical questions for academics to further develop, but that also assists in conveying important conceptual insights to environmental policy makers, managers, and academics in other fields.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]) to discuss a proposal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change