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Climate Change & Ethics Initiative

In light of the slow progress being made to mitigate climate change, there is a need to reflect on the ethical considerations at play. How can ethics help structure the discussion and facilitate climate justice? This initiative seeks to engage stakeholders in a debate around the ethical assumptions implicit in our discussions and actions around climate change.

Topics to be discussed within this initiative may include but are not limited to:

  • What are the relevant concepts and principles in the ethics of climate change? How can their practical impact be increased? 
  •  How can abstract principles like justice, responsibility, and sustainability be materialized? 
  • What responsibility lies on different societal actors in the context of climate change, and how can they live up to it? 
  • How does solidarity inform how we act in the face of climate change? 
  • How can future generations be better taken into consideration? 
  • What role do uncertainty and the precautionary principle play in decision-making around climate change? 
  • How can fundamental ethical considerations be operationalized as legal and political principles to inform and shape climate action? 
  • How can indigenous voices and knowledge have an equal place in decisions on climate change mitigation and adaptation?

We plan to begin this conversation on climate change & ethics with a two-day virtual symposium and two webinars.

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Climate Change & Ethics: Where are we?
March 25 & 26, 2022

In light of the slow progress being made to mitigate climate change, there is a need to reflect on the ethical considerations at play. How can ethics help structure the discussion and facilitate climate justice?

This symposium seeks to engage stakeholders in a debate around the ethical assumptions implicit in our discussions and actions around climate change.

 The role of Societal Actors

Climate Change & Ethics: The Role of Governments and Societal Actors in Mitigating Climate Change 
April 11, 2022, 11 am CDT

The webinar will explore the roles and responsibilities of governments and societal actors in the context of climate change. It will analyze what hinders stakeholders from more effectively promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation and reflect on what can be done to improve the situation. Topics include the role of science and amateurs in climate change conversations, the influence of businesses on policymaking around climate change, and the importance of concern for the environment, solidarity, ecological reforms, and public education for climate justice.

 Reflectin onn Risks and its Implications

Climate Change & Ethics: Reflecting on Risk and its Implications
April 25, 2022, 11 AM CDT

The webinar investigates the roles of climate change-related risks in the context of decision-making, policy, and law. It reflects on the role of the prudence principle for spending on climate security measures and discusses life-threatening implications of pollution and climate change that result from human activity.

 

If you are interested in collaborating with us on climate change ethics, please contact Elisabeth Hildt at ehildt@iit.edu.