Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina , Bowman, Paul J | 2020
There is a very rich scientific literature on different emission pathways and the climatic changes associated with them. There are also a substantial number of analyses of the long-term macroeconomic effects of climate policy. But science cannot say which level of warming we ought to be aiming for or how much consumption we ought to be prepared to sacrifice without an appeal to values and normative principles.
The research program Climate ethics and future generations aims to offer this kind of guidance by bringing together the normative analyses from philosophy, economics, political science, social psychology, and demography. The main goal is to deliver comprehensive and cutting-edge research into ethical questions in the context of climate change policy.
This volume comprises the second round of preprint papers written as part of the Climate ethics and future generations project. This multi-disciplinary project, led by PI Gustaf Arrhenius and co-PIs Krister Bykvist and Göran Duus-Otterström, aims to provide comprehensive and cutting-edge research on ethical questions con-cerning future generations in the context of climate change policy.
The eleven papers in this volume are organized according to the project’s three main themes: Foundational questions in population ethics, which concerns how we should evaluate future scenarios in which the number of people, their welfare, and their identities may vary; Climate justice, which concerns the just distribution of the burdens and benefits of climate change and climate policy, both intra- and inter-generationally; and From theory to practice, which concerns how to apply normative theories to the circumstances of climate change, in light of both normative uncer-tainty and practical constraints.
Find more information at climateethics.se.