Why Climate Change Is an Ethical Problem

Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance. The critical question as we seek to address climate change will be which moral framework is in play when we make decisions.

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