Ethical adaptation to climate change : human virtues of the future

TitleEthical adaptation to climate change : human virtues of the future
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsThompson, A, Bendik-Keymer, J
Paginationviii, 344 p.
PublisherMIT Press
Place PublishedCambridge, Mass.
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0262517655 (pbk. alk. paper)
Accession Number7091312
Call NumberACES 179.1 Et371
KeywordsClimate change , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTAL engineering , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , Environmental Sciences
AbstractPredictions about global climate change have produced both stark scenarios of environmental catastrophe and purportedly pragmatic ideas about adaptation. This book takes a different perspective, exploring the idea that the challenge of adapting to global climate change is fundamentally an ethical one, that it is not simply a matter of adapting our infrastructures and economies to mitigate damage but rather of adapting ourselves to realities of a new global climate. The challenge is to restore our conception of humanity--to understand human flourishing in new ways--in an age in which humanity shapes the basic conditions of the global environment. In the face of what we have unintentionally done to Earth's ecology, who shall we become? The contributors examine ways that new realities will require us to revisit and adjust the practice of ecological restoration; the place of ecology in our conception of justice; the form and substance of traditional virtues and vices; and the organizations, scale, and underlying metaphors of important institutions. Topics discussed include historical fidelity in ecological restoration; the application of capability theory to ecology; the questionable ethics of geoengineering; and the cognitive transformation required if we are to "think like a planet."
Notes20110385457212452edited by Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer.ill. ; 24 cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.Machine generated contents note: I. Adapting Restoration to Climate Change -- 1. Nature Restoration as a Paradigm for the Human Relationship with Nature / Ned Hettinger -- 2. Environmental Virtues and the Aims of Restoration / William M. Throop -- 3. Global Warming and Virtues of Ecological Restoration / Ronald Sandler -- 4. History, Novelty, and Virtue in Ecological Restoration / Eric Higgs -- II. Integrating Ecology into the Virtue of Justice -- 5. The Death of Restoration? / Andrew Light -- 6. Animal Flourishing and Capabilities in an Era of Global Change / Jac. A. A. Swart -- 7. Environment as Meta-capability: Why a Dignified Human Life Requires a Stable Climate System / Breena Holland -- 8. Justice, Ecological Integrity, and Climate Change / David Schlosberg -- III. Adjusting Character to a Changing Environment -- 9. Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming / Dale Jamieson -- 10. The Virtue of Responsibility for the Global Climate / Allen Thompson -- 11. Rethinking Greed / Jason Kawall -- 12. Are We the Scum of the Earth? Climate Change, Geoengineering, and Humanity's Challenge / Stephen M. Gardiner -- IV. Reorganizing Institutions to Enable Human Virtue -- 13. The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Caused by Us / Jeremy Bendik-Keymer -- 14. Human Values and Institutional Responses to Climate Change / Kenneth Shockley -- 15. Alienation and the Commons / Steven Vogel -- 16. Thinking like a Planet / Bryan G. Norton.
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