1st Edition

Environmental Bioethics Theory and Practice for Environmentally Sustainable Health Care

Edited By Cristina Richie Copyright 2024

    Environmental bioethics addresses the environmental impact of the health care industry and climate change health hazards as two ethical issues which impact each other. This edited volume examines the theory of environmental bioethics and offers practical examples of practices which make health care more sustainable.

    Written in an accessible style which allows readers to understand what environmental bioethics is and why it is important, this book presents real-life case studies and thoughtful reflections from leading doctors, clinicians, and ethicists. Contributions to this volume address ethical frameworks for environmental bioethics and delve into the role of doctors in environmentally sustainable health care. Together, they offer hope for a more sustainable health care industry while also recognizing how much more needs to be done.

    A key resource for scholars, practitioners and researchers of philosophy, environmental studies, public health, and the allied health sciences, this book will also be relevant to international policymakers, especially in countries which have socialized health care (such as those in the EU), who want a rationale for health care decarbonization and practical examples. It will also appeal to educated citizens, particularly those that demand positive environmental change and are interested in the concept of sustainable health care. This book was originally published as a special issue of The New Bioethics.

    Foreword: Nature Bites Back

    Trevor Stammers

    Introduction – Sustainability and Bioethics: Where We Have Been, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

    Cristina Richie

    Part I. Ethical Theory for Environmental Bioethics

    1. Does Health Promotion Harm the Environment?

    Cheryl C. Macpherson, Elise Smith and Travis N. Rieder

    2. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics: The Story of the Human Body as a Natural Ecosystem

    Zoe-Athena Papalois and Kyriaki-Barbara Papalois

    3. Restorative Commons as an Expanded Ethical Framework for Public Health and Environmental Sustainability

    Robert Gurevich


    Part II. Ethical Practice for Environmentally Sustainable Health Care

    4.The Climate Emergency: Are the Doctors who take Non-violent Direct Action to Raise Public Awareness Radical Activists, Rightminded Professionals, or Reluctant Whistleblowers?

    Terry Kemple

    5. Will the Plant-Based movement Redefine Physicians’ Understanding of Chronic Disease?

    Maximilian Andreas Storz

    6. Going Green: Decreasing Medical Waste in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the United States

    Zelda J. Ghersin, Michael R. Flaherty, Phoebe Yager and Brian M. Cummings


    Cristina Richie, PhD, is Lecturer of Ethics of Technology at the Centre for Technomoral Futures, University of Edinburgh and one of the leading global ethicists in sustainable health care. In addition to being the joint-Editor of Global Bioethics, Dr Richie is the author of two monographs and over fifty articles.